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William John Burns

William John Burns, American detective.


  • Burns, William John was born on October 19, 1861 in Baltimore. Son of Michael and Bridget (Trahey) Burns.

  • Education

    • Educated parochial and public schools and business college.


    • Founder and for many years president The William J. Burns International Detective Agency. Director bureau of Investigation of unites states department of Justice, 1921-1924, resigned. Colonel Reserve Corps, United States of America.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    • Married Annie M. Ressler, July 5, 1880. Children: George Edward (deceased), Charles Edwin (deceased), Mistress.
    • father: Michael Burns
    • mother: Bridget (Trahey) Burns
    • spouse: Annie M. Ressler
    • children: George Edward Burns (deceased)
    • Charles Edwin Burns (deceased)
    • Mrs Burns
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    Born October 19, 1861
    Died April 14, 1932
    (aged 70)