Boss Tweed Exposed

On this day in 1871, William "Boss" Tweed's corrupt hold on New York City was exposed by a series of articles published by the New York Times. Tweed was able to steal almost 200 million dollars from the city by using his supposedly humble role as Head of the Department of Public Works to set up kickbacks, dummy vouchers, and false contracts. Tweed almost managed to bankrupt New York City through all of his corruption. He was later put on trial and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He escaped and journeyed to Cuba then Spain where he was found and sent back. He died in prison in 1878.