Abe Ruef

Abe Ruef (1864 - 1936) was a lawyer and politician. He became notorious as the political boss behind the administration of Mayor Eugene Schmitz of San Francisco. William J. Burns gained national fame during the investigation into San Francisco graft. The investigation led Ruef to confess to taking bribes. His confession led to the conviction of Mayor Schmitz and the indictment of Patrick Calhoun, the powerful president of the United Railroad. Calhoun hired Earl Rogers to defend him and was exonerated of the charges. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-05802