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Clyde Anderson Tolson (22 May 1900 – 14 April 1975) was Associate Director of the FBI, primarily responsible for personnel and discipline, not front-line crime-fighting. He is best known as the protégé of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
It has been reported that Mr. Tolson once said of United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy: "I hope that someone shoots and kills the son of a bitch."
When Director Hoover died on 2 May 1972, Tolson was briefly the acting head of the FBI, but one day later he was replaced by acting director L. Patrick Gray, appointed by President Richard M. Nixon. Tolson left the FBI two weeks later, leaving W. Mark Felt in operational charge of the FBI.
Personally, J. Edgar Hoover described Clyde Tolson as his alter ego: they worked closely in day time, ate their meals together, and socialized in night clubs and went on holiday together. Their close relationship is cited as evidence of homosexuality, though FBI employees who knew them, such as Felt, claim that the relationship was merely fraternal.
When J. Edgar Hoover died, Clyde Tolson inherited his estate of some USD $551,000 and moved into his house; he accepted the U.S. flag draped on Hoover's coffin. Tolson's grave is a few yards from Hoover's grave in the Congressional Cemetery.