Fremont Older

Fremont Older (1856 - 1935) was newspaperman and editor in San Francisco for nearly fifty years. He became well-known for his crusade against corruption. Older played a key role in the investigation of massive political graft and corruption in San Francisco. The investigation led to the confession of Abraham Ruef, a city political boss, the conviction of Mayor Eugene Schmitz, and the indictment of Patrick Calhoun, president of the United Railroad. Calhoun was the grandson of South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun. Patrick Calhoun hired Earl Rogers to defend him. Older became friends with detective William J. Burns because of the San Francisco investigation but he was also friends with Clarence Darrow.