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 William “Bill The Butcher” Poole

William “Bill The Butcher” Poole

Birth
Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 8 Mar 1855 (aged 33)
Greenwich Village, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 34, Lot 9165
Memorial ID 6938059 · View Source
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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


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  • Originally Created by: Dennis Rice
  • Added: 18 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6938059
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Bill The Butcher” Poole (21 Jul 1821–8 Mar 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6938059, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .