9.  Tweed Slayer Samuel Tilden Was Also No Saint

Inside the Samuel Tilden House in Gramercy Park, now The National Arts Club

Known as the politician who brought down Boss Tweed, New York Governor Samuel J. Tilden was an aristocratic politician who had no compunction about working with Tweed while he was in power. But following the Times’ revelations, he formed the Committee of Seventy, which included a who’s who of old money New Yorkers. On November 19, 1871, Tweed was arrested, and Tilden was soon elected governor. Always remember, today’s reformer is tomorrow’s clubhouse man. (Or woman!)