John McDonald and the Whiskey Ring: From Thug to Grant's Inner Circle

John McDonald and the Whiskey Ring: From Thug to Grant's Inner Circle

by Edward S. Cooper


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The most flamboyant, consistently dishonest racketeer was Supervisor of Internal Revenue John McDonald, whose organization defrauded the federal government of millions of dollars. When President Grant was asked why he appointed McDonald supervisor of internal revenue he responded, “I was aware that he was not an educated man, but he was a man that had seen a great deal of the world and of people, and I would not call him ignorant exactly, he was illiterate.” McDonald organized and ran the Whiskey Ring but he always credited Grant with the initiation of the Ring declaring that the president “actually stood god-father at its christening.” The demise of the Ring rivals anything that the real or fictional Elliot Ness and his “Untouchables” ever accomplished during the prohibition era in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683930129
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 16.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Edward S. Cooper is author of The Brave Men of Company A: The Forty-First Ohio Volunteer Infantry (2015) and Louis Trezevant Wigfall: The Disintegration of the Union and Collapse of the Confederacy (2012).

Table of Contents


1 The Story
2 Cape Girardeau-Sainte Genevieve-Paducah
3 Forts Heiman, Henry, and Donelson
4 Court Martial and Profiteering
5 Supervisor of Internal Revenue
6 The Fraud
7 The Utes
8 The Operation
9 Grant’s Horses
10 The Unraveling
11 Indictments
12 Trials
13 St. Louis Jail
14 Grant Saves Babcock
15 Missouri State Penitentiary
16 Pardons
17 Domestic Troubles
18 Books Wars

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