J. Edgar Hoover’s GW Years

Cherry Tree yearbook photo, 1916

J. Edgar Hoover's Cherry Tree yearbook photo, 1916

The recently released film, “J. Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, LAW LLB ’16, LLM ’17 — best known as the longtime director of the FBI — has generated new interest in Hoover’s life and work.

To provide more context about Hoover’s time at GW, Andrew Simpson, CCAS MA ’09, a historian at History Associates Inc., spoke with GW Today about how Hoover fared in his coursework, his social life on campus and how his GW years may have helped shape his worldview.

Read the full interview at GW Today.




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