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Harry Sagansky

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Harry J. "Doc" Sagansky (January 6, 1898 – January 28, 1997) was an American crime boss of Jewish descent. Active in Boston, Sagansky controlled one of city's largest bookmaking operations during the 1950s. He is also the oldest American Mafia associate to serve a federal prison sentence at the age of 91. Biography Growing up in Boston, Massachusetts, to first generation Jewish-American immigrants from Lithuania, Sagansky sold newspapers while working his way through school and eventually graduating in dentistry from Tufts University in 1918. Opening a practice at a pharmacy which doubled as a covert liquor store at Scollay Square, he would become involved in illegal gambling during Prohibition. By 1931, he began investing in several businesses, including part ownership of two Boston nightclubs. He also operated a loan agency, which authorities suspected was worth an estimated $90 million. In 1943, he was arrested during a police raid on one of his gambling dens. He was l
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