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William John Burns

Burns, William John. Pres. Wm. J. Burns Internat. Detective Agency, Inc.; b. Baltimore, Md., Oct. 19, 1861; s. Michael and Bridget (Trahey) Burns; 

ed. public schls. and business coll., Columbus, Ohio; m. Columbus, Ohio, 1880, Anna )J. Ressler; children: George, Edwin. Raymond, Florence, Sherman, Kathleen. Joined U.S. secret service, 1889, and appt'd to headquarters, St. Louis; handled many celebrated cases throughout U.S. Resigned from secret service, 1903, and appt'd to take charge of investigation of Oregon, Washington and Calif. land fraud cases, which resulted in prosecution and conviction of numerous Federal, State and city officials; cleared up most remarkable counterfeiting case world has known.  Monroe-head $100 silver certificate, bill so accurate defied all experts as to its genuineness; counterfeiters arrested Phila., Pa., April, 1899; won the gratitude of the entire nation for the thoroughness and fearlessness with which he laid bare the truth in the dynamite cases, and clearing up of Los Angeles Times, Oct. 1, 1911, etc. 

Organized Wm. J. Burns Nat. Detective Agency, N.Y., 1909, now Win. J. Burns Internat. Detective Agency, Inc.,  having branches all over U.S., including one in London, Paris and Brussels. The London office is first permanent office established by an Am. detective in Europe. Author : The Masked War, The Argyle Case (in collaboration with Harriet Ford and Harvey J. O'Higgins). Lectured in all universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and Europe. Progressive; Roman Catholic. Mem. Nat. Federation of Theatres. Mem. N.Y. Press Club. Address: Woolworth Bld'g, N.Y. City.


Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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