Today in History: November 23, 1876

"Boss" Tweed Recaptured

William M. "Boss” Tweed, leader of the Democratic political machine known as Tammany Hall in New York City, is arrested and delivered to authorities in New York after his capture in Spain. Tweed and his cronies stole between $20 million and $200 million from the city treasury. He fled to Europe after escaping from prison Dec. 4, 1875. Tweed personified public corruption while in power. He controlled the city's mayor and other elected officials and his primary source of money came from bribes and kickbacks that he demanded in exchange for city contracts.