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William John Burns

William John Burns was known as America's Sherlock Holmes. He served as the Director of the predecessor of the FBI (the BOI) and was the investigator (the Burns Detective Agency) in many high profile cases including Leo Franks' trial and the Teapot Dome Scandal. He was obviously prosperous - look atthe diamond horseshoe tie tack!

After he retired from his detective agency, he wrote several detective and mystery stories based on his career.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service.
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William John Burns

William John Burns

Born: Oct 19, 1861
Died: unknown
Also in this photo: William John Burns at 66 years old