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Samuel Valente

Troy, New York Drug Dealer

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Copyright 2018 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.

In 1920 Samuel R. Valente (December 5, 1901-August 14, 1994) was employed in a Troy, New York restaurant. His address was 72 Ferry. In 1922-1923 his residence was 175 First Street. He worked in the pool industry. In 1947 the Troy City Directory lists his home as 104 Ferry. He was employed as a cook. He was married to Emma M. Valente. Figure 1 Samuel Valente

Samuel Valente’s became a narcotics offender by 1923. He was also convicted of violating liquor laws and for forgery. He was convicted four times in a twenty-year period, i.e. with sentences comprising sixteen years.

In March 1947 notorious Troy drug dealer Sam Valente was a topic of conversation in the U.S. House of Representatives. A New York judge told the House subcommittee that a letter written in Valente’s behalf was forged. A narcotics offender, Valente was released from a Federal prison in 1945. He was paroled after serving six years on a narcotics conviction.

New York Democrat Representative William Thomas Byrne (1876-1952) had sponsored a House bill intended to halt Samuel Valente’s deportation. Born in Florida, New York, Byrne began practicing law in Albany the same year he was admitted to the bar. Byrne represented Troy’s first ward, where Sam Valente resided.

Rensselaer County Judge Herbert DeFreest Hamm (1896-1972) of Troy denied writing a letter received by the subcommittee. Purportedly the justice had signed it. Hamm told the Representatives that he hadn’t signed the letter. The signature wasn’t his, he insisted.


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