The Tweed Ring

The Tweed Ring

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  • "The Tweed Ring"
  • Boss Tweed began to rise to influence in the late 1840s as a volunteer fireman in New York.
  • He was elected to a term in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1853-1855.
  • He remained active in Tammany Hall and became the leader of financial decisions, giving him immense power.Tweed gathered a small group of men who controlled New York City's finances. 
  • They dispensed jobs and contracts in return for political support and bribes.The number of city funds drained was from $30-$200 million.
  • Tweed controlled the district attorney, the police, the courts, and most of the newspapers.The group submitted billings for city work that never happened, made fake legal agreements and a variety of kickback schemes to line their pockets. Support was maintained with charity and other gifts to the voters.
  • Richard B. Connolly
  • Peter Barr Sweeny
  • Boss Tweed
  • Mayor A. Oakley Hall
  • John T. Hoffman
  • The tide began to turn against the Ring as The New York Times and Nast publicized the corruption and refused to back down.
  • Tweed Ring
  • VS.
  • Thomas Nast, The New York Times, Samuel J.Tilden and others
  • Tweed was tried and sentenced to prison. He was released after serving only one year, but was quickly arrested on another corruption charge. He escaped to Cuba and eventually Spain, but was extradited back to the United States in 1876 and died later in a New York City jail cell.
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