THE KEFAUVER COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING HIGH-PROFILE CRIME BOSSES: THE MAFIA
Carey Estes Kefauver (1903-63) Signed Photo, "Estes Kefauver", 8 x 10, matte-finish, close up portrait, by the American politician from Tennessee. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949 and in the Senate from 1949 until his death in 1963. In 1950, Kefauver headed a U.S. Senate committee investigating organized crime that was popularly known as the Kefauver committee or the Kefauver hearings. Many of the witnesses were high-profile crime bosses, including such well-known names as Willie Moretti, Joe Adonis, and Frank Costello, the latter making himself famous by refusing to allow his face to be filmed during his questioning and then staging a much-publicized walkout. The hearings made Kefauver nationally famous and introduced many Americans to the concept of a criminal organization known as the Mafia for the first time. He twice sought his party's nomination for President of the United States but instead was selected for the nomination for Vice President on Adlai Stevenson's 1956 failed presidential run against Dwight Eisenhower. In fine condition.