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Bootlegger Supplied Whiskey to Congress

It was the worst of times and the silliest of times.

If, during Prohibition, you wanted a nice stiff drink in Washington, your best bet was to befriend a congressman. It didn’t much matter which particular congressman. Republican or Democrat, Bible-thumping son of the South or worldly big-city Yankee — nearly all had access to whiskey and gin.

The Washington Post‘s original expose on Cassidy, known as “the man in the green hat,” began on October 24, 1930.

Source: John Kelly, “Congress Winks at Prohibition in Bootlegger’s Tale,” Washington Post, April 27, 2009, p. B3.


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