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Diary of the Late Thomas McDade '32 Chronicles His Career As Depression-Era G-Man

Friday, January 10, 2014

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Diary details life of Depression-era 'G-Man'
By Richard Liebson
USA Today
January 10, 2014

Brooklyn-born Thomas McDade studied law and accounting at St. John's University and by 1934 had worked at a few law firms when, for reasons even his son isn't sure about, he wrote a letter to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, asking for a job.

Within a few months, on Nov. 27, 1934, the fedora-wearing 28-year-old was a "G-Man," gunning the engine of a souped-up Ford, while he and his FBI partner shot it out with "Public Enemy No. 1," Baby Face Nelson, during a wild chase in Barrington, Ill.

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