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James F. McGuiness

Name:  James F. McGuiness

Date of Birth: 1884

Date of Death: 12/24/1920

Location of Death: Bayonne, New Jersey

 

 

CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH

Prohibition Agent James McGuiness was killed by unknown assailants.  His body was found with bullet wounds on both sides of his head on the shores of Newark Bay, NJ. No suspects were ever identified.

BACKGROUND

Agent McGuiness joined the Prohibition Unit on 1/21/1920, placing him among the first group of agents hired to enforce the National Prohibition Act. His annual salary of $2,750 was considerably higher than other new agents, but his Government service had begun in 1910.

PERSONAL

Agent McGuiness was born in Jersey City, NJ.  He was survived by his wife.

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