Justice At Last!
"Justice at Last!
W. M. Tweed Convicted"
New York Times
(November 20, 1873)
Serial & Government Publications
During William M. "Boss" Tweed's stewardship of
Tammany Hall, he acquired almost total control of New York City
Democratic politics and managed to loot the city's coffers of
between $50,000,000 and $200,000,000. The New York Times
entered into one of the toughest journalistic fights in New York
history when it published editorials questioning how "Boss" Tweed
and his associates managed to acquire such vast wealth. At first
the Times lacked hard evidence, but a Tweed rival
provided the newspaper with copied pages from the Ring's secret
books detailing the extent of corruption, as reported in this
November 20, 1873, edition of the paper. Tweed was sentenced to
twelve years in prison and fined $12,500, but served only twelve
months after paying a $250 fine. Later, he was rearrested in connection
with a $6,0000,000 civil suit. Tweed fled to Spain where he was
identified from a Thomas Nast cartoon, apprehended, and escorted
back to the United States.