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Our History

Character Profiles

Eugene Jackson Remembering Prohibition Agent Killed in the Line of Duty

Editor’s Note: This story was created using excerpts from official investigative reports. Eugene Jackson is the first known African-American prohibition agent killed in the line of duty.

Isador Einstein Izzy Einstein — Prohibition Agent No. 1

The Einstein Theory of Rum Snooping, as demonstrated by Izzy Einstein on the roof of the Silk Exchange Restaurant in New York, sometime during Prohibition. (The restaurant, located on the ground floor of a Fourth Avenue skyscraper, hid its illegal booze on the rooftop.)

Ray Sutton The Mysterious Disappearance of Ray Sutton

On Aug. 27, 1930, Federal Prohibition Agent Ray Sutton filed his routine daily report from his post of duty, Clayton, N.M., to the deputy Prohibition administrator of the Albuquerque, N.M., Office. That would be the last report he ever filed.

Tom Threepersons Tom Threepersons: Prohibition Agent and Law Enforcement Legend

The legend of Tom Threepersons, the son of a Cherokee chief, began in April 1916 when he headed south to compete in a rodeo in Douglas, Ariz., a town on the Mexican border.

William Henderson Foote A Buried Injustice: Deputy Collector William Henderson Foote, ATF’s Legacy Treasury Agent, Killed in the Line of Duty, December 29, 1883, Yazoo City, Mississippi
Recovery of a Fallen Hero