Numbers game

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Albert James Adams (May 22, 1845 – October 1, 1906), known as “The Policy King” and the “Meanest Man in New York,” was an American racketeer. He ran the numbers game in New York City from around 1890 to around 1905.

He was born in Massachusetts and lived in Rhode Island before he moved to New York City in 1871 as a brakeman for the railroad. He married Isabella (1840-?) and had six children: Albert J. Adams, Jr. (1870-?); Lawrence Adams (1874-?); Louis Adams (1875-?); Walter C. Adams (1877-?); Evelyn Adams (1879-?) aka Eveline Adams, who married a Napoleon; and Ida Adams (1874-?) or Claudia P. Adams. In 1880 he was living at 236 West 38th Street in Manhattan and he listed himself as a “segar dealer”.

He was named by the Lexow Committee, and was replaced by Peter H. Matthews when he retired. The anonymous testifier at the Lexow Committee in 1894 said: “[the principal policy backers in this city are] Al Adams. ‘Jake’ Shipsey, Cornelius B. Parker, ‘Billy’ Myers, ‘Ed’ Hogan, [and] Charles Lindauer. …Al has the most … sheets, and he is the biggest man, and has the most money, and has the biggest pile. … He is called the king of the policy dealers. … Al Adams has from Fourteenth street up on the west side mostly.” After a 1901 raid on his gambling operation by F. Norton Goddard, the police estimated that he was making more than $1 million a year, and after his conviction in 1903 it was revealed that he had been allowed to stay at the Waldorf-Astoria until he was sentenced. He was sentenced on April 21, 1903, to “not less than a year and not more than one year and nine months” in Sing-Sing.

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