Born: April 19, 1903, Chicago, Illinois
Died: May 16, 1957 (age 54) Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Eliot Ness was an American Prohibition agent, famous for his efforts
to enforce Prohibition in Chicago, Illinois, as the leader of a
legendary team of law enforcement agents nicknamed The Untouchables.
What do you know about Eliot Ness? Try this quick quiz.
1. He went to college, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha
Epsilon fraternity, graduating in 1925 with a degree in business and
law. What college did Ness attend?
2. He joined the Treasury Department in 1927, working with the
300-strong Bureau of Prohibition in Chicago. True or False?
3. Following the election of President Herbert Hoover, Andrew Mellon
was specifically charged with bringing down Al Capone. The federal
government approached the problem from two directions: income tax
evasion and the Volstead Act. What direction was Ness chosen to head the
4. What was the main source of information for the raids?
5. Ness was promoted to Chief Investigator of the Prohibition Bureau
for Chicago and in 1934 for Ohio. Where did he end up after the end of
Prohibition in 1933?
6. Ness moved to Washington, D.C. in 1942 and worked for the federal
government in directing the battle against prostitution in communities
surrounding military bases, where venereal disease was a serious
problem. In 1944, he left to become chairman of a corporation. What was
7. In the 1950's, he moved to in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. What
company did he work for?
8. Who did he write The Untouchables with?
9. What was the cause of death?
10. Where is Eliot Ness buried?