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William "Bill The Butcher" Poole
Birth: Jul., 1821
Death: Mar. 8, 1855
Greenwich Village
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Criminal. He was one of the most prominent gangsters in 19th Century New York. A butcher by trade who was very skilled with knives, he was a large, imposing man, and was known as one of the toughest street fighters in New York. He led a large gang of hoodlums of American descent, at the behest of the Native American political party. Their chief rivals were Irish gangsters under John Morrissey. A violent gang war between him and Morrissey came to a climax on the night of February 24, 1855. Morrissey was severely beaten by William Poole in the Stanwix Hall, located at No. 579 Broadway. Later that night, three Morrissey gangsters attacked him and shot him through the heart. Despite this, "Bill the Butcher" lived for almost two weeks. His last words were, "I think I am a goner. If I die, I die a true American." He was given one of the most impressive funerals in New York, with 155 carriages and 6,000 mourners in the procession. (bio by: Dennis Rice) 
Green-Wood Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Section 34, Lot 9165
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Dennis Rice
Record added: Nov 18, 2002
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