Whiskey Ring Scandal

Whiskey Ring was a group of distillers and public officials who defrauded the federal government of liquor taxes. Soon after the Civil War these taxes were raised very high, in some cases to eight times the price of the liquor. Large distillers, chiefly in St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Chicago, bribed government officials in order to retain the tax proceeds. The Whiskey Ring was a public scandal, but it was considered impregnable because of its strong political connections. U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Benjamin H. Bristow resolved to break the conspiracy. To avoid warning the suspects, he assigned secret investigators from outside the Treasury Dept. to collect evidence. Striking suddenly in May, 1875, he arrested the persons and seized the distilleries involved. Over $3 million in taxes was recovered, and of 238 persons indicted 110 were convicted. Although President Grant’s secretary, Orville E. Babcock, was acquitted through the personal intervention of the President, many persons believed that the Whiskey Ring was part of a plot to finance the Republican party by fraud.

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5 Responses to “Whiskey Ring Scandal”

  1. eddie says:

    i like the straight to the fact aproach you have on this article but i needed more detail if it had the dates that te scandels sed upposedly started it would have been better

  2. James anders says:

    I like the article but needs pic of the scandal.

  3. williboi says:

    it all good and i like it. this helped me a whole lot.

  4. Haley says:

    Good job

  5. max r says:

    needs more details but all in all a good post

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