Eliot Ness

Eliot Paul Ness (1903 - 1957)

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Eliot Paul Ness
Born in Chicago, Illinoismap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 9 Aug 1929 (to about 1938) in Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
Husband of — married about 1939 (to about 1945) [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1945 [location unknown]
Died in Coudersport, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified 9 Sep 2019 | Created 4 Nov 2014
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Eliot Ness is Notable.

Eliot Ness, the son of Norwegian immigrants [1], was born in Chicago in 1903. Eliot graduated from the University of Chicago in 1925. He returned to receive his Masters Degree in Criminology.

After a short career in the private sector, he followed his brother-in-law into public service & joined the Treasury Dept. His impressive work led to his appointment by President Herbert Hoover to head a task force aimed at taking down gangster Al Capone. This task for became known as the Untouchables. Capone was eventually convicted of tax evasion & sent to prison. This marked a turning point in Ness' career. He was now a celebrity.

The stress of his career led to tumultuous private life, two divorces & three wives. He died of a heart attack at his home in 1957. The subsequent book, television show & movies about his Untouchables have made him a law enforcement legend.

  • Fact: Cenotaph in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA


  1. "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKDZ-S24W : 18 May 2016), Eliot Ness, 19 Apr 1902; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 33469, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .

See also:

  • Eliot Ness (1903-1957) on Find A Grave: Memorial #188975771 retrieved 08 September 2019 (has parents)

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