Alexander Mitchell Palmer House 1919

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The house of Alexander Mitchell Palmer, U.S. Attorney General, after a porch bomb went off at his house. Followers of anarchist Luigi Galleani had previously attempted to assassinate Palmer by mailing a booby trap bomb to his house.

Palmer hired a 24 yr old J. Edgar Hoover to head the Justice Department's Enemy Alien Bureau. He was always concerned about radicals acting against the government and issued a warning about a May Day "overthrow" on May Day 1920. Nothing happened and it became known as the "May Day scare."

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
at Palmer House, Washington DC, District of Columbia USA


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