Antedating of "Gangster"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 23 15:53:05 UTC 2003

Gee, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online looks like a fantastic resource.
Here's an antedating of "gangster":

gangster (OED 1896)

1888 _Brooklyn Eagle_ 21 July 2  Postmaster Hendrix has never been a
professional gangster.

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
Associate Librarian for Collections and     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
  Access and Lecturer in Legal Research     Yale University Press,
Yale Law School                             forthcoming
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