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Alexander Bielaski
Alexander Bielaski

Sport:
Football (Inducted 1959)



1959 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Alexander Bielaski was captain and halfback on the GW gridiron team in 1903 and `04. He scored two touchdowns against Randolph-Macon in 1904, when it was noted that "the interference of Bielaski was splendid." The 5-foot-7, 162-pound halfback was also known as an effective ground-gainer who could advance the ball.

Bielaski attended GW law school while playing on the GW team, and later joined the Department of Justice. He served as a special examiner in Oklahoma where he aided in the reorganization of Oklahoma's court system when the Oklahoma territory became a state. Bielaski then entered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in charge of administrative matters for the Bureau. He became chief of the Bureau of Investigation from 1912 to 1919. He entered into private law practice and later worked undercover as a prohibition agent operating a decoy speakeasy in New York City. From 1929 to 1959, he headed the National Board of Fire Underwriters team of arson investigators.

Bielaski died in 1964 at the age of 80.

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