William Poole (July 24, 1821 – March 8, 1855), also known as Bill the Butcher, was the leader of the Washington Street Gang, which later became known as the Bowery Boys gang. He was a local leader of the Know Nothing political movement in mid-19th-century New York City.
Virulently anti-Catholic and anti-Irish, William "Bill the Butcher" Poole led Manhattan's Bowery Boys street gang in the 1850s. Bill “The Butcher” Poole (1821-1855). Bill “The Butcher” Poole was one of the most notorious anti-immigrant gangsters in American history.
William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting (1815-16 July 1863) was an American crime boss who was the leader of the Natives gang of the Five Points of Manhattan, New York City, and he was involved in politics as a partner of William M. Tweed.
William "Bill The Butcher" Cutting is the main antagonist of the 2002 Mirmarax/Touchstone film Gangs of New York. He is known throughout the setting as the infamously authoritarian and manipulative leader of the Natives gang as well as becoming the archnemesis of Amsterdam Vallon, the son of Bill's former longtime rival "Priest" Vallon.
Bill “The Butcher” Poole was a champion New York City pugilist in 1855—before the Marquess of Queensbury rules—when kicking, biting and eye-gouging were acceptable tactics and “fight to the death” was more than a metaphor. It was also a time when a challenge was likely to be issued out of pure hatred for your opponent.
Poole, Bill (24 July 1821–08 March 1855), butcher, saloonkeeper, nativist gang leader, also known as “Bill the Butcher,” or “Butcher Bill,” was born William Poole in Sussex County, New Jersey, in the northwestern part of the state, to parents of English descent.
A butcher by trade who was very skilled with knives, he was a large, imposing man, and was known as one of the toughest street fighters in New York. He led a large gang of hoodlums of American descent, at the behest of the Native American political party. Their chief rivals were Irish gangsters under John Morrissey.
In the god-forsaken district of early-1860's Lower Manhattan known as the Five Points, the vicious Nativist, Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, is the supreme overlord of an area riddled with crime, prostitution, theft and murder, as the American Civil War still rages on.
William "Billy" Butcher is one of the main characters in the Amazon series The Boys. A former member of the British special forces turned vigilante, Billy Butcher is as charming as he is cunning. He’s a force of nature, who can talk almost anyone into anything, either through a smile or brute force – or sometimes both.
The book also described William Poole, the inspiration for William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting, a member of the Bowery Boys, a bare-knuckle boxer, and a leader of the Know Nothing political movement. Poole did not come from the Five Points and was assassinated nearly a decade before the Draft Riots.