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Eliot Ness

Born: April 19, 1903, Chicago, Illinois
Died: May 16, 1957 (age 54) Coudersport, Pennsylvania

Eliot Ness - Alan's FUN Trivia powered by ABEEliot 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 operations?

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 the corporation?

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?


1. University of Chicago

2. True

3. Volstead Act

4. Extensive wire-tapping operation

5. He was assigned as an alcohol tax agent in the "Moonshine Mountains" of southern Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, and in 1934, he was transferred to Cleveland.

6. Diebold Corporation, a security safe company based in Ohio.

7. North Ridge Industrial Corporation

8. Oscar Fraley

9. Heart attack

Angels on your pillow10. Ashes, scattered in one of the small ponds on the grounds of Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

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