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Poole, Billlocked

(24 July 1821–08 March 1855)
  • Rona L. Holub

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Poole, Bill (24 July 1821–08 March 1855), butcher, saloonkeeper, nativist gang leader, also known as “Bill the Butcher,” or “Butcher Bill,” was born William Poole in Sussex County, New Jersey, in the northwestern part of the state, to parents of English descent. Neither of his parents' first names is known, nor is his mother's maiden name or occupation. His father was a butcher. Nothing specific is known of Poole's earliest years in New Jersey or about his education. Poole moved with his family to New York City in 1832, when he was eleven years old. His father set up a butcher stand in Washington Market, a busy and growing food market located on Washington, Fulton, and Vesey Streets streets in Manhattan....

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