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Author of New FBI Book Argues J. Edgar Hoover Was Not the Father of the Bureau

By Steve Neavling

A new book, “The Birth of the FBI: Teddy Roosevelt, the Secret Services, and the Fight Over America’s Law Enforcement Agency,” argues the FBI was not created by its first director, J. Edgar Hoover, as many people claim.

The origin of the FBI is traced back to 1908, when President Theodore Roosevelt created the Special Agent Force under the Justice Department. Later that year, the agency was renamed the Bureau of investigation.

By 1935, when the FBI was created, Hoover was the third director of the Bureau of Investigation.

Author Willard M. Oliver, a professor for the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State, argues Roosevelt should be credited with creating the FBI because of the agencies that preceded it.

Here are 5 Fascinating Facts about the FBI

The History Channel listed 10 fascinating facts about the FBI. Here are five of them.

1. J. Edgar Hoover served 48 years as director of the FBI, spending 62% of his life at the helm. FBI directors are now restricted to 10-year terms.

2. The FBI went through a variety of names in the early 20th century. Then-Attorney General Charles Bonaparte recruited a group of federal investigators in 1908 and dubbed it the “special agent force.” The following year, Bonaparte’s successor name it the Bureau of Investigation. In 1933, the name was changed to Division of Investigation. Finally, in 1935, the name was changed to Federal Bureau of Investigations.

3. Hoover was not a fan of female agents. In fact, no women were hired during his tenure. When he arrived three women were agents. They were required to wear skits or dresses and were barred from smoking at their desks.

4. The oldest former FBI agent alive today is 106. Walter Walsh was a skilled marksman who famously participated in a shootout with killed notorious gangster Al Brady in 1937.

5. FBI agents spent two years investigating the Kingsmen’s hit pop song, “Louie Louie.” Parents were concerned the garbled verses contained sexual language. The bureau ultimately released a 120-page report that concluded the song was “unintelligible at any speed.”

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