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Author Cooper, Edward S., 1939- author.

Title John McDonald and the Whiskey Ring : from thug to Grant's inner circle / Edward S. Cooper.

Published Lanham : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, [2017]


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 UniM Bail  364.1338092 COOP    AVAILABLE
1 copy ordered for UniM Bail on 04-01-2017.
Physical description xi, 195 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-188) and index.
Contents The story -- Cape Girardeau-Sainte Genevieve-Paducah -- Forts Heiman, Henry, and Donelson -- Court martial and profiteering -- Supervisor of Internal Revenue -- The fraud -- The Utes -- The operation -- Grant's horses -- The unraveling -- Indictments -- Trials -- St. Louis Jail -- Grant saves Babcock -- Missouri State Penitentiary -- Pardons -- Domestic troubles -- Books wars.
Summary "The most flamboyant, consistently dishonest racketeer was supervisor of Internal Revenue John McDonald, whose organization defrauded the federal government of millions of dollars. When President Grant was asked why he appointed McDonald supervisor of Internal Revenue he responded, 'I was aware that he was not an educated man, but he was a man that had seen a great deal of the world and of people, and I would not call him ignorant exactly, he was illiterate.' McDonald organized and ran the Whiskey Ring but he always credited Grant with the initiation of the Ring declaring that the president 'actually stood god-father at its christening.' The demise of the Ring rivals anything that the real or fictional Elliot Ness and his 'Untouchables' ever accomplished during the prohibition era in America"--Provided by publisher.
Subject McDonald, John, 1832-1912.
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 -- Friends and associates.
Internal revenue -- Missouri -- History -- 19th century.
Whiskey fraud -- Missouri -- History -- 19th century.
Scandals -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Political corruption -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Swindlers and swindling -- Missouri -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1877.
United States -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
ISBN 9781683930129