My Father, FBI Special Agent Samuel P. Cowley

Sam Cowley, son of Samuel P. Cowley, legendary FBI agent during the gangster era of the turbulent 1930s, honors Keepa with the text of his talk given at the Chicago FBI Memorial Service for Fallen Agents on May 17, 2011.

I feel honored to have been asked by Special Agent Ross Rice to meet with you today and tell you a few things about my father, Samuel P. Cowley, who gave his life in the service of the FBI in November 1934, number eight on the Hall of Honor, now up to 55, I think.

A little background on Dad: He was born in a small southern Idaho town on the Utah border. He was raised and educated there and in Logan, Utah, part of a large religious Mormon family; his father was a leader in the church. When just 17, he was called to a four-year LDS mission to the Hawaiian Islands. He returned to college at Utah State University, where he studied economics, played football and served as president of his Sigma Chi fraternity. Then on to George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C., where he graduated in 1929 during the depression when there was very little work for new attorneys. Dad signed on with a fledgling investigative bureau within the Justice Department, a very different organization than the present vastly expanded Federal Bureau of Investigation, which it was later named.

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