Melvin H. Purvis Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: October 24, 1903 in Timmonsville, South Carolina
Died: February 29, 1960 in Florence, South Carolina
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Melvin Purvis (1903-1960), became a national hero after leading the law-enforcement teams that trapped and killed notorious bank robbers John Dillinger and Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd in 1934. By 1935, however, Purvis had been forced to resign as the head of the Bureau's Chicago office by J. Edgar Hoover. As the Director of the FBI from 1924 until his death, the powerful and egotistic Hoover, resentful because Purvis received the bulk of the publicity in the Dillinger and Floyd episodes, relieved his one-time "golden boy" of most of his important duties. "Little Mel" (he stood just under five feet tall) was effectively driven out of the Bureau at the age of 31.   
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