J. Edgar Hoover
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"John Edgar Hoover" was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Federal Bureau of Investigation/FBI) of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972 at age 77. Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modernizations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories.

Late in life and after his death Hoover became a controversial figure, as evidence of his secretive, somewhat questionable, actions began to surface. His critics have accused him of exceeding the jurisdiction of the FBI

and claim that he used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists, to amass secret files on political leaders,

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