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Clyde Tolson was born in Laredo, Missouri, in 1900. He went to business college and at the age of eighteen he moved to Washington where he found work as a clerk in the War Department. In an attempt to improve his future prospects, Tolson attended night classes at George Washington University.

When Tolson obtained a law degree in 1927 he applied to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) but was rejected. He tried again the following year and this time his photograph and application form was seen by J. Edgar Hoover, assistant director of the FBI. Hoover hired Tolson and he was quickly promoted through the ranks and after only three years, he was appointed Assistant Director of the FBI.

Tolson and Hoover became very close friends and for the next forty years they were constant companions. In the FBI the couple were known as "J. Edna and Mother Tolson". However, fellow homosexual, Truman Capote, preferred the names, "Johnny and Clyde". Mafia boss, Meyer Lansky, obtained photographic evidence of Hoover's homosexuality and was able to use this to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation from looking too closely into his own criminal activities.

Hoover became very dependent on Tolson. Hoover told friends that: "Clyde Tolson is my alter ego. He can read my mind." A senior official at the FBI later recalled that the two men were always together: "Tolson was smarter than Mr. Hoover - he had a razor-sharp mind. His great failing was that he slavishly followed Mr. Hoover's every dictate."

Sometimes journalists hinted at the relationship the two men were having. Time Magazine ran one article where it stated that "Hoover is seldom seen without a male companion, most frequently solemn-faced Clyde Tolson". When this happened the journalist concerned would find himself being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

When J. Edgar Hoover died in May, 1972, he left virtually the whole of his estate to his long-time companion. Tolson also took control of Hoover's considerable secret files. Tolson retired from the FBI and according to his friends, that the only time he left the house was to visit Hoover's grave. When Tolson died in April, 1975, it was reported that the FBI agents arrived at his house and removed all these documents. Clyde Tolson is buried with Hoover at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington.


Edgar J Hoover’s Girlfriends and alleged boyfriend

Edgar J Hoover, the first director of the FBI and often referenced as the most powerful man in America, was a complete mystery.

In public, Hoover waged a vendetta against homosexuals and kept “confidential and secret” files on the *** lives of congressmen and presidents. But privately, according to some biographers, he had numerous trysts with men…and women.

The late head of the FBI has become a trending topic with the release of a bulk of the remaining sealed documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

John Edgar Hoover was born January 1, 1895 in Washington, D.C. to Dickerson Naylor Hoover, Sr. and Annie Marie Scheitlin Hoover. He received his LLB and LLM degrees from George Washington University in 1917.

He began a career at the U. S. Department of Justice following graduation and in 1935, Hoover established the FBI National Academy to train selected personnel from state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

In the late 1960s, Hoover established the National Crime Information Center, the precursor of the now wide-spread internet-based communication of law enforcement data. He was found dead of natural causes at his residence on the morning of Tuesday, May 2, 1972, ending nearly 48 years at the helm of the FBI. Hoover was, and still is, one of the most widely known public officials of all time.

However, he was completely devoted to the Bureau and never married.Edgar J Hoover

Historians say Hoover hunted down and threatened anyone who made insinuations about his sexual preferences. It is widely known many people who knew him thought he was gay.

Other Hoover’s biographers think the man was not gay and was even attracted to several women, among them Dorothy Lamour.

Dorothy Lamour

Miss Lamour was an actress and singer best known for appearing in the Road to… movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. The stunning Louisiana native was born December 10, 1914.

She was married twice and was also the mother of two children. She first wedded Harvey Kay in 1935. She and Kay divorced in 1939 and in 1943 tied the knot to William Ross Howard III. Her second marriage also ended in divorce in 1978.

Lamour who died aged 81 in 1996- was said to have had an affair with Hoover in the 1940’s and she never denied the rumor. The two had met early in her career and biographers say the two spent a night together at a Washington, D.C. hotel.

Lela Rogers

Lela Rogers is best known as the mother of actress, Ginger Rogers. She was divorced from Ginger’s father and attended numerous social events with Hoover. By the late 30’s people close to the couple though they would eventually marry.

She admitted that they were good friends but said the rumor develop through a misunderstanding.

Lela Rogers was an Iowa native who was born December 25, 1891. She was an editor and a theatrical producer in her own right. She was one of the first women to join Marine Corps at the beginning of World War I and eventually became editor of the Marine magazine.

Mrs. Rogers covered theater for the Fort Worth (Texas) Record. Her daughter, Ginger, made her debut in Fort Worth and went on to a noteworthy career in motion pictures, on the stage, and in nightclubs.

Clyde Tolson

While still living with his mother in his 40’s Hoover was thought to be homosexual. He and FBI associate Clyde Tolson developed a close relationship and Tolson has been often described as his secret lover.

Clyde Tolson became an associate director of the FBI and Hoover’s right arm.

Hoover described Tolson as his alter ego: the men worked closely together during the day. Aside from work they also stayed single and shared many activities including frequent meals, night club outings and even vacationed together. Their relationship both in the office and outside, is often cited as evidence that they were lovers. Others describe their relationship as ‘brotherly.’

Clyde Tolson was born May 22, 1900, the Missouri native is best known in history as the associate FBI director responsible for personnel and discipline –and most importantly perhaps, as the protégé of Hoover.

He attended Laredo High School and subsequently graduated from Cedar Rapids Business College in 1918. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a law degree from George Washington University. He joined the FBI in 1928 with the intention of opening a law practice.

He participated in high profile arrests and was made Associate Director in 1947. He had previously been promoted to assistant director in 1930. Hoover left Tolson his estate of US$551,000. Tolson moved into his house and also aaccepted the U.S. flag draped on Hoover’s coffin.

Clyde Tolson died aged 74 of heart failure and was buried near Hoover’s grave.


Mike Campbell's Thoughts and Experiences

Associate director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Freemason.

Clyde Anderson Tolson (May 22, 1900 – April 14, 1975) was the second-ranking official of the FBI from 1930 until 1972, from 1947 titled Associate Director, primarily responsible for personnel and discipline. He is best known as the protégé and long-time top deputy of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.”

Hoover was also a Freemason mentioned in previous posts.

“ In 1928, Tolson applied to the FBI and was hired as a Special Agent later that year. Tolson reportedly indicated on his application that he wanted to use the job as a stepping stone to gain experience and earn enough money to open a law practice in Cedar Rapids. [10] After working in the FBI's Boston and Washington, D.C., field offices, he became the chief FBI clerk and was promoted to assistant director in 1930 .

In 1936, Tolson joined Hoover to arrest bank robber Alvin Karpis. Later that year, he survived a gunfight with gangster Harry Brunette. [11] In 1942, Tolson participated in capturing Nazi saboteurs on Long Island and Florida. [12] In 1947, he was made FBI Associate Director with duties in budget and administration. [13] ”

“ It has been stated that J. Edgar Hoover described Tolson as his alter ego : "They rode to and from work together, ate lunch together, traveled together on official business, and even vacationed together." [14] Rumors circulated for years that the two bachelors had a romantic relationship. [15] Some authors dismissed the rumors about Hoover's sexual orientation and possible intimate relationship with Tolson, [16][17][18] while others have described them as probable or even "confirmed", [19][20][page needed] and still others reported the rumors without stating an opinion . [21][22]


Internal Affairs

In one of the climactic moments of the new film J. Edgar, a thirtysomething J. Edgar Hoover reveals his plans to take a wife. The scene unfolds in a New York hotel suite, where Hoover has reserved adjoining rooms with Clyde Tolson, his second-in-command at the FBI. Tolson responds with rage to his boss’s news, throwing a temper tantrum at odds with his typically polished demeanor. The argument soon escalates into a fistfight, then into the film’s single most sexual moment: a bloody kiss between the director and associate director of the FBI.

There is no evidence that this fight—much less the kiss—ever took place. What we know about the relationship between Hoover and Tolson comes mostly from the public record: meals together twice a day, joint vacations, a final burial place just a few yards apart. Their interior and sexual lives remain mostly a matter of speculation. Despite daunting research efforts by journalists and historians, we can say little more today than we could four or five decades ago: Hoover and Tolson had a marriage of sorts. But what sort of marriage was it?

J. Edgar’s scriptwriter, Dustin Lance Black, had the luxury of imagining the answer to this question, depicting Hoover and Tolson’s relationship as a tragic precursor to today’s sanctioned gay marriages. The film focuses on their interpersonal drama, conjuring up intimate dinner-table powwows and anguished personal struggles. (For the record: Yes, Hoover loved his mama. No, there is no evidence that he put on her necklace and dress in the hours after her death.)

And yet it is Hoover and Tolson’s public life—the stuff we do know about—that is ultimately the most fascinating part of their story. They never openly acknowledged a sexual or romantic relationship. At the same time, they demanded—and received—a level of respect for their partnership that seems almost unthinkable in pre-Stonewall society. For some four decades, the crème de la crème of political America treated them as a recognized couple when Edgar was invited to dinner, so was Clyde. We don’t have to make up their most intimate scenes to find a relationship worth exploring.

Hoover and Tolson met sometime in the late 1920s—perhaps, though not definitively, at the Mayflower Hotel bar as suggested in one of J. Edgar’s early scenes. In early 1928, Tolson signed on as a Bureau agent, one of many handsome young George Washington fraternity men recruited in Hoover’s early days as director. His career took off immediately. By 1931, Tolson was assistant director of the Bureau, charged with enforcing Hoover’s famously nitpicking internal policies.

Swift promotion was not particularly unique at the early Bureau when Hoover found men he liked, he brought them up fast. What made Tolson stand out was the highly public friendship he soon developed with his boss. By the mid-1930s, Tolson was at Hoover’s side for every major Washington outing, from Bureau baseball games to White House affairs. As the FBI gained fame for running down kidnappers and bank robbers (a story rendered almost wholly out of chronological sequence in J. Edgar), Tolson usually accompanied Hoover to New York as well. There, they became fixtures of gossip columnist Walter Winchell’s rarefied Stork Club circle, hobnobbing with the likes of boxer Jack Dempsey and Broadway author Damon Runyon. On one fairly typical night in 1935, they joined Winchell in the press section at a Dempsey fight only to end the evening watching a brawl involving Ernest Hemingway.

Their own brawl in J. Edgar takes places sometime during this period, evoking the erotically charged world of café society as a backdrop for Hoover and Tolson’s grand confrontation. Many of the scene’s other elements are similarly based in fact. Hoover did have a headline-grabbing and certainly false romance with film star Dorothy Lamour, his candidate for wifehood in J. Edgar. He also had a rumored—and equally unlikely—affair with Ginger Rogers’ mother Lela, depicted as the confident older woman trying to muscle Hoover onto the dance floor in one of the film’s nightclub scenes.

For the most part, though, Hoover simply opted out of the marriage-and-children game. He loved to give advice on the subject, publishing preachy newspaper columns and speeches on “The Parent Problem” and “The Man I Want My Son To Be.” But he never seriously entertained the idea of starting a family, and his few dates with women seem to be nothing more than a nod to social convention. In retrospect, it seems astonishing how little he actually did to maintain a heterosexual facade. From his first moments at the Bureau, he surrounded himself with young men, and his loyalties never wavered.

This produced the predictable Washington gossip. As early as the 1930s, local columnists had begun to titter about Hoover’s “mincing step” and fondness for natty suits. By the late 1960s, at least one congressman was allegedly threatening to out Hoover and Tolson on the House floor, retaliation for unrelated backroom shenanigans. Hoover could be merciless in such situations. Throughout his career, he regularly sent FBI agents to track down citizens unwise enough to suggest that he was “queer.” He also cooperated in the postwar Lavender Scare, when hundreds of gay men and women lost their federal jobs as security risks. (Oddly, J. Edgar entirely skips this period of Hoover’s life, despite its jaw-droppingly rich sexual complexity.)

Hoover’s attempts to strong-arm his critics fit our image of him as a ruthless power-monger, and of the pre-Stonewall era as a time of brutal anti-gay repression. Far more difficult to reconcile with this image is the acceptance that Hoover and Tolson seemed to find—at exactly the same time—in the highest reaches of New York and Washington society. Despite the rumors of their homosexuality, they conducted a vibrant and open social partnership throughout their years together, accepting joint dinner invitations, attending family functions, even signing the occasional thank-you note together.

Friends and political associates knew to treat them as a bona fide couple. In the 1930s, for instance, Hoover and Tolson hit the town with Broadway star Ethel Merman and Stork Club owner Sherman Billingsley, busy conducting their own illicit affair. By the 1950s, the two men were double-dating with Dick and Pat Nixon, whom Hoover had met while pursuing the case against Alger Hiss. “I did want to drop you this personal note to let you know how sorry Clyde and I are that we were unable to join Pat and you for lunch today,” Hoover wrote to Vice President Nixon after one failed invitation in 1958. On another occasion, Nixon suggested that Clyde—“our favorite bartender”—ought to learn to make the mean if unspecified pink cocktail that they all had often enjoyed together.

Such exchanges evoke nothing so much as the formal world of 1950s married life, one set of spouses trading entertaining tips and social niceties with the other. But did these friends actually view Hoover and Tolson as a romantic and sexual couple? In recent decades, many acquaintances—including Ethel Merman—have claimed that they “knew” about Hoover and Tolson. But it’s hard to say if this is posthumous speculation or accurate insider knowledge. Nixon famously referred to Hoover as a “cocksucker”—a suggestive word, but one that may or may not be referring to Hoover’s sex life. In the press, Hoover and Tolson were most often described as “bachelors,” a term that served simultaneously as a euphemism and as a straightforward description of an unmarried heterosexual man. At the FBI, acquaintances consistently denied anything other than a close friendship.

It is easy to write off the more open aspects of Hoover and Tolson’s relationship as proof of old-fashioned naiveté—to assume that folks in the 1950s were unaware. But this gives the people of the past far too little credit and flattens out an intriguing social history. If Hoover’s story tells us anything, it’s that today’s binaries—gay vs. straight, closeted vs. out—map uneasily onto the sexual past. Hoover and Tolson were many things at once: professional associates, golf buddies, Masonic brothers, and possibly lovers as well.

At the very least, they were caring social partners, relying on each other for emotional sustenance and daily support that went beyond the realm of ordinary friendship. J. Edgar closes with Tolson clutching a love letter to Eleanor Roosevelt from journalist Lorena Hickok, now widely seen as one of Roosevelt’s several romantic interests. But Tolson might as well have been reading a letter from his own FBI personnel file, which contains one of the few personal missives that have survived decades of purging and obfuscation.

“Words are mere man-given symbols for thoughts and feelings, and they are grossly insufficient to express the thoughts in my mind and the feelings in my heart that I have for you,” Hoover wrote to Tolson in 1943. “I hope I will always have you beside me.”


Clyde Tolson & J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover is NOT a fag, and I'm the dame who can prove it!

The monsters this country's hypocrisy has bred.

It's amazing that some people still refuse to acknowledge there was anything between them.

There is, I think, no evidence that the relationship, although patently homoerotic, was ever consummated. I suspect both men were deeply repressed, and that this explains much of Hoover's public character.

They went everywhere together socially and Hoover left Tolson his estate.

Not usually something straight guys do.

JESUS this thead took long enough. Almost enough to want to make one just pay the $18.

I was waiting for there to be a thread about these two but not nessesarlily about the film.

SO. can some of the more mature DLers remember J. Edgar him as a contemporary? Were there public suspicions about his sexuality at the time?

And where is the story about all the dirt this man had and who exacty he had by the balls. Where is the story about the specific information that he had? I want to know.

Where are his seceret files now and what was in them?

None of that was answered in the movie, just the tips of the iceberg.

R8, as the movie correctly portrayed, the night Hoover died, his secretary burned all his secret files where he kept the blackmail information he was using to try and destroy people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Richard Nixon etc.

Nixon wanted those files, but by the time his people got to Hoover's office, the secretary had already destroyed the files.

I think she should have been prosecuted for treason against the American people. The people have the right to know what was in those files, and now they are lost to history. It is the people who pay for the funding of the FBI and for people like Hoover, and they have the right to know how the institutions of their society are being run.

[quote]I think she should have been prosecuted for treason against the American people. The people have the right to know what was in those files, and now they are lost to history.

There was no pressing need for a lot of stuff in the private files to be gathered in the first place.

[quote]I think she should have been prosecuted for treason against the American people. The people have the right to know what was in those files,

Perhaps you can explain to us where in the Constitution it says we have that right?

[quote]Perhaps you can explain to us where in the Constitution it says we have that right?

Not in the Constitution, but the Freedom of Information Act makes redacted FBI files available.

Most, possibly all, the information she destroyed had been gathered illegally. She displayed personal and institutional loyalty. While her act was criminal, prosecuting her would have alienated the FBI, which is a touchy business.

"Gandy stated that Hoover had left standing instructions to destroy his personal papers upon his death and that this instruction was confirmed by Tolson and Gray. Gandy stated that she destroyed no official papers, that everything was personal papers of Hoover. The staff of the subcommittee did not believe her, but she told the committee "I have no reason to lie." Representative Andrew Maguire (D-New Jersey), a freshman member of the 94th Congress, said "I find your testimony very difficult to believe." Gandy held her ground: "That is your privilege."

"I can give you my word. I know what there was—letters to and from friends, personal friends, a lot of letters," she testified. Gandy also said the files she took to his home also included his financial papers, such as tax returns and investment statements, the deed to his home, and papers relating to his dogs' pedigrees.

Curt Gentry wrote: 'Helen Gandy must have felt quite safe in testifying as she did for who could contradict her? Only one other person knew exactly what the files contained and he was dead.'"

R10 & R11 = FBI PR Department.

In case the FBI (& CIA) has forgotten, this is supposed to be a democracy, not a fascist state. If the public don't ever get to know what is going on in their institutions and what these organizations are up to, how is that a democracy? It is more like have the SS and a secret police who can do whatever they want in secret with no accountability.

The public has the right to know what is done with their money and what is being done in the institutions that are supposedly there to protect them and serve them.

"There is, I think, no evidence that the relationship, although patently homoerotic, was ever consummated"

What evidence would there be? A sex tape? How do you prove two guys had sex? People here believed that dumbfuck who said she had sex with Justin Bieber, even though she doesn't have any evidence to prove it

If Hoover had taken a female FBI employee on luxury vacations with him, then left her a shitload of money in his will, people would just assume they were fucking, without any "evidence" to prove it

[quote]The public has the right to know what is done with their money and what is being done in the institutions that are supposedly there to protect them and serve them.

Of course they do. But we would have probably executed Dick Cheney for treason by now if really did know everything he did on our dime.

What's wrong with that, R16?

[quote]the Freedom of Information Act makes redacted FBI files available.

When Hoover got the job at FBI, that Act hadn't even been thought of.

I found this anecdote about Hoover and Tolson from the book The Other Side of Silence by John Loughery (which ever gay man should read, btw):

". what we cannot ignore is the cache of private photographs found in Hoover's home after his death, hundreds of pictures taken over several years, which he meant to be destroyed. The photographs he took of his friend, traveling companion, and assistant director Clyde Tolson (particularly those of Tolson sleeping, or in his bathing suit or bathrobe) situate Hoover for us - not necessarily as "gay," perhaps not even as "a homosexual," but ceratinly as a man. whose affections and erotic drive were far removed from the heterosexual norm."

Anyone here seen the pics of a scantily clad Clyde Tolson?

The public should not always have to wait until files are 'redacted'. And the same goes for CIA files. That often means that the public has to wait 50 or 75 years to find something out.

As in the case of the JFK assassination.

Btw, did anyone notice that they are wearing matching shoes in OP's pic?

LOL. Do you think they went clothes shopping together?

Are any photographs included in the book, R19? Or on any of the other books on the subject?

[quote]When Hoover got the job at FBI, that Act hadn't even been thought of.

And? FOIA was enacted in the 60s and was in force at the time of Hoover's death.

They are both crossing their legs as well, R21

Tolson was quite good looking.

They were inseparable. Hoover took rooms in the Plaza to throw drag parties. Tolson was always with him, and tout NYC gay (closeted) elite were there and at least one Cardinal (from Boston). Now I do not know if he and Clyde "did it", but a very expensive and even classy not to mention beautiful natursal born German "escort" I first met in 1974 told me of these parties (he was there) and some the Cardinals in Europe and the US he worked for at the time and before. It was not rumored Hoover was gay, he WAS identified to be a gay man in a relationship with Clyde Tolson with as much certainty that Calvin Klein and Barry Diller are known to be gay- in my case both those men asked me out (long ago- ick). I have complete belief in this fact about J Edna H and have since 1974.

One of the 20th Century's great American monsters, right up there with Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn if not surpassing them. All were the products of a thoroughly homophobic, misogynist and sexually hypocritical society and value system. Such men can really no longer exist in 2011. Some things get better.

Is it true that Hoover had twinks killed that he had fucked? I have heard that rumor over the years.

Going off what charlie/r26 said, in the book Stonewall by David Carter there is an interview with an escort who says he met Hoover at a party at the Plaza Hotel.

The book also contains info about a blackmail ring that operated in the 50s and 60s which targeted wealthy and prominent gay men. Clyde Tolson was ensnared by the blackmailers and Hoover made sure that Tolson was not caught up in the police investigation of the ring.

[quote] he WAS identified to be a gay man in a relationship with Clyde Tolson with as much certainty that Calvin Klein and Barry Diller are known to be gay - in my case both those men asked me out.

And that's how you play "Drop That Name."

'J. Edgar Hoover & Clyde Tolson : Investigating the Sexual Secrets of America's Most Famous Men and Women'

Darwin Porter's saga of power and corruption has a revelation on every page - cross-dressing, gay parties, sexual indiscretions, hustlers for sale, alliances with the Mafia, criminal activity by the FBI and an obsessive and voyeuristic interest in the sex lives of Washington and Hollywood celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Katharine Hepburn and Martin Luther King, Jr.

SPOLER ALERT do not read if you haven't seen the film.

R8 here. I left the theater 10 before the film ends so I must of missed the file burning. I was so pissed cause I payed 10$ and I wanted secrets and history.

Thanks for the few contemporary details. more please.

If you want to call it that R29, yes. I met those two and got to know them at a number of parties in Manhattan in the late 70s- me and about 500 others at least I would imagine. I am not remotely proud or think there is anything special about that happening. Lots of guys went to Uncle Charlies South on 38th or to a well attended and fun party thrown every years on CPW- a brunch party otherwise lots of fun but some of these, in my opinion, not so wonderful guys came (Klein and Diller). So what. My point is, Hoover was one of these run of the mill creeps abusing and using his power, his fame and whatever in an earlier era like these guys did as well- both closeted in the late 70s. Only Hoover was a blackmailer- he was evil on a level that Klein was not. Klein and Diller were/are harmless. I just did not like them and the way they used their money etc. Not all rich gay men are like them you know.

Hoover was gay. Period. No maybe about it. And he was one of the most loathsome men in the US in my opinion. FDR, JFK, HST, DDE all despised him as did any legit pol in Washington with a bit of integrity- Cohn and McCarthy were lesser versions of Hoover. I am not old enough to have been at places he might have been. I did meet and unfortunately spend a bit of time with Cohn. He was, if anything, worse than he was portrayed in Angels in America- I believed it then and I believe it now, although I wish no one the terrible end he came to.

One of the few times I have liked what Rex Reed has written about a movie is his recent open trashing of the supposed vagueness of Hoover sexuality and character.

All the more reason that the public had a right to see his 'private' files, R33


Clyde Tolson

Clyde Anderson Tolson (born May 22, 1900 in Laredo , Missouri , † April 14, 1975 in Washington, DC ) was Associate Director of the FBI . He was mainly responsible for personnel matters and less for combating crime.

After Clyde Tolson had unsuccessfully applied to the FBI, he got a job in 1927 and had been promoted to Assistant Director in 1930 (he later became Associate Director and Deputy to J. Edgar Hoover ). Hoover and Tolson worked closely together during the day, went to nightclubs together in the evening, and often went on vacation together.

After Hoover's death on May 2, 1972, Tolson was director for one day, but was replaced by Patrick Gray the next day and left the FBI two weeks later. Tolson inherited most of Hoover's fortune and moved into his house. He was later buried next to Hoover's grave. Rumors that the two had homosexual contacts, however, remained unconfirmed.


J. EDGAR’S LA JOLLA: Remembering the Hotel Del Charro

It’s no secret the FBI is headquartered at the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, DC. What few realize, however, is that, every summer from 1953 through 1971, it was headquartered in La Jolla for two weeks and sometimes longer. During the Del Mar Racetrack season, J. Edgar himself stayed here, at the storied Hotel Del Charro, once located on four acres near the intersection of La Jolla Canyon (now Torrey Pines Road) and the part of Ardath Road that is now La Jolla Parkway.

Other regulars who could afford the resort’s $100-per-night bill in 1960 included movie stars (John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor), TV stars (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz), future presidents (Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon) and billionaires (Howard Hughes and Del Webb). Hoagy Carmichael once played “Stardust” on the piano by the kidney-shaped pool.

But Hoover managed to outshine them all. He and FBI associate director Clyde Tolson typically held court with high-profile friends at their perpetually reserved poolside table a short walk from their perpetually reserved Bungalow A. (There were seven private cabins.) Ditto when they dined in the Jacaranda Room, built around a giant jacaranda tree, on culinary masterpieces made to order by Chef Karl M. Thaler.

“Hoover and his partner were always perfectly dressed individuals — suit and tie,” said Steve Alkazin, who worked as a Del Charro valet from 1958 to 1963, parking fancy new Lincolns, Cadillacs and Jaguars across Torrey Pines Road on the vacant lot that has since become Fire Station 9.“

Hoover would always say good evening when he walked by,” Alkazin said. “Then (Hollywood gossip reporter) Walter Winchell would come up later and ask me if I had seen Hoover.”

Hotel history

The hotel was opened in 1948 by owner J.R. Marechal as the Rancho Del Charro (Cowboy Ranch), incorporating the 1931 structure and riding facilities of its predecessor on the property, the La Jolla Riding Stables. Hoover and Tolson became permanent summer fixtures after Hoover’s friend, Texas oil tycoon Clint Murchison, took over in 1953, greatly expanding and rebranding it the Hotel Del Charro, crafting bungalows out of its stables.

According to author Anthony Summers, writing in 1993’s “Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, former FBI agent Harry Whidbee was in charge of meeting Hoover’s requirements for Bungalow A each summer, which included a direct phone line to Washington for him to conduct FBI business every day.

Inside the bungalow — which sported three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, kitchen and two patios — Hoover and Tolson reportedly also took secret meetings with people like Arthur Samish, a Sacramento lobbyist strongly rumored to have mafia ties, and other shadowy leaders of legal and illegal industry. As syndicated columnist Jack Anderson reported in 1970, Hoover “stayed at the Hotel Del Charro at the same time some of the nation’s most notorious gamblers and rackateers have been registered there.”

Writing in his 1993 autobiography, “In History’s Shadow: An American Odyssey,” Del Charro regular John Connally — who went on to become the governor of Texas and take one of the bullets meant to kill President John F. Kennedy in Dallas — observed that Hoover “tried to avoid the mobsters who also enjoyed their afternoons of horse racing, but a few of them he got along with quite well.”

One day in 1961 or 1962, Don Dewhurst recalls being asked to take a paid gig in Hoover’s posse up at the racetrack. Back then, the chairman of Dewhurst & Associates construction company was a 19-year-old University of Redlands student, working on summer breaks at the valet-parking gig that Alkazin, his fellow 1959 La Jolla High School graduate, recommended him for.

“Art Forbes, who was the general manager, was asked by Hoover to find half a dozen guys to go up to the races with him,” Dewhurst said. “He had his bodyguards, but he wanted a little bigger contingent of people for the box he had up there.”

Dewhurst said he was overjoyed by the prospect of such an historic assignment, much more so than his parents were. They put their foot down when their son told him he would need to buy a gun “because everybody he was with had guns.” Dewhurst added: “I don’t think they wanted me hanging out at the racetrack all day, either.”

Not all the criminals at the Del Charro were invited guests, according to Dewhurst. Two robberies, in fact, occurred at the hotel while Hoover was in residence.

“My understanding is somebody came in, held up the hotel clerk and took money out of the cash register,” Dewhurst said. “And then, in another case, there was a cabana around the back and some gal was staying there and had all these jewels in there. Someone broke in and took all that stuff.”

Last resort

It was Anderson, writing in that same 1970 column, who broke the news that Hoover and Tolson never paid a single Del Charro room bill that all were comped by Murchison over the years, to the tune of $15,000. Author Curt Gentry — writing in the 1991 book “J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and The Secrets” — speculated that this special treatment bought Murchison advance warning about oil regulations and other federal actions. (Author Summers went so far as to suggest that two FBI agents paid a visit to Al Hart, owner of the Del Mar Racetrack’s seasonal lease, after Hart refused to sell the lease to Murchison and his business partner, Sid Richardson, and that Hart ended up changing his mind.)

Hoover returned for one final Del Charro summer in 1971. Murchison had died two years earlier, and the hotel began declining in the hands of a new owner. In 1973, it met its end the year after Hoover did. Its buildings were demolished and replaced by the cookie-cutter complex of 70 condos that stands there today: Del Charro Woods. Some trees were all that were salvaged, thanks to pressure at the time from the La Jolla Town Council, but the famous Jacaranda Room showpiece wasn’t even among them.

“It was sad,” said Alkazin, who now lives in rural Washington State. “It was an important part of my experience as a young guy.” But Alkazin said he understood the inevitability.

“It was a seasonal operation,” he said. “Racetrack time, it was packed to the gills with the rich and famous. Wintertime, it was a ghost town. La Valencia was smack in the middle of town, but not much was around the Del Charro. It made a ton of money for three months out of the year, then there was nobody there.”

Coincidentally, Dewhurst found himself back on the site in 1985 or 1986, in his current occupation as a contractor. He was hired to perform maintenance work that he could barely keep his mind on due to the rush of memories.

“We went in and put in all new drainage and landscaping and steps, the whole shebang,” Dewhurst said. “I was thinking, ‘OK, the pool was over here and the cabanas were back here.’

“It doesn’t ever leave you,” he added. “I think about those days every time I drive by there.”


Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

Crawford as Hoover

If Director Hoover were still running the FBI, you know the shenanigans at the White House and during the Trump campaign would be dead in their tracks.

The Private Files of J.Edgar Hoover, 1977’s film by Larry Cohen is still surprisingly relevant today: from Hoover’s dealings with immigrants, terrorists, and campaign laundering of money. You might be amused to hear that Hoover was on the side of right, according to this marvelous little film. In many ways it is more amusing than Eastwood’s version.

Young Hoover is played by James Wainwright—and his best friend is his mother, actress June Havoc in a cameo. The best of the stunning cast includes Jose Ferrer as a dubious underling to Hoover. However, the G-Man couple of the century, Hoover and Clyde Tolson, are played by Broderick Crawford and Dan Dailey, no strangers to whispers and innuendos themselves.

Hoover must deal with Franklin Roosevelt (Howard da Silva) and Bobby Kennedy (Michael Parks). AG Kennedy especially tried to drive Hoover to retirement with great disrespect, but Hoover was a wily old fox. He handled Kennedy and seemed ready to blackmail Martin Luther King (Raymond St. Jacques).

If you like hooting through a movie, this old American International flick has gunfights with Dillinger and mobsters, and TWA hijackers.

The rumors that Tolson and Hoover were a romantic couple is among the highlights of the film, hinting they might have been brave pioneers in gay rights, no less. However, there is no scene of Edgar in a dress. Sorry. All this is secondary to a grandiose performance by the never-shy Broderick Crawford as the Top Cop (never saying 10-4) and his aide-de-camp Dan Dailey.

His secret files kept many people in their place. He had dirt on everyone over 50 years and managed to convince Lyndon Johnson (Andrew Duggan) to extend the retirement age to accommodate the FBI oldster.

More salacious info would come out after the making of this film, but this semi-forgotten movie will do as a bang-up tribute to Edgar.


Later life [ edit ]

In 1964, Tolson suffered a stroke and remained somewhat frail for the remainder of his life. ⎥] In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded him the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service, saying that Tolson "has been a vital force in raising the proficiency of law enforcement at all levels and in guiding the Federal Bureau of Investigation to new heights of accomplishment through periods of great National challenge." ⎦] Hoover kept Tolson employed in the FBI even after Tolson became too old for police duty and passed the retirement age. ⎗]

After Hoover's death on May 2, 1972, Tolson was briefly the acting head of the FBI. ⎙] L. Patrick Gray became acting director on May 3. ⎧] Citing ill health, Tolson retired from the bureau on May 4, the day of Hoover's funeral. ⎨] ⎩] Mark Felt was appointed to Tolson's position. ⎪]

After Tolson left the FBI, his health began to decline further. ⎗] ⎫] On April 10, 1975, Tolson was admitted to Doctors Community Hospital in Washington, D.C., for kidney failure. ⎬] He died there four days later of heart failure at the age of 74. ⎗] Tolson is buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, near Hoover's grave. ⎥] ⎬]


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