‘Boardwalk Empire’s’ Nucky VS Real-Life Nucky
Nelson Johnson completed his novel in 1999 and it took 2 years for him to find a publisher. The novel Boardwalk Empire chronicles the lives of Atlantic City’s political bosses from 1900 to 1970. The bosses include Commodore Lewis Kuehnle, Enoch “Nucky” Johnson and Frank S. Hap Farley.
The majority of the books chapters focus on the life and times of Nucky Johnson, as does the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Here is a quick look of Nucky Thompson vs. Nucky Johnson
Nucky Thompson is the corrupt political boss of Atlantic City who is always thinking two steps ahead of his enemies! Nucky seized the passing of Prohibition as an opportunity to get even richer through bootlegging. Nucky is a loved benefactor of the residents of Atlantic City and also serves as County Treasurer. Nucky is aware of all the illegal enterprises happening in the county and the town–and profits off all of them.
Enoch “Nucky” Johnson was born in Galloway Township in 1883. His father Smith Johnson was a farmer and sheriff of Atlantic County. Nucky’s mother was Virginia Higbee. Unlike Nucky Thompson, Johnson stood 6″ 1′ and checked in a 250 pounds and was a commanding presence on the boardwalk in all of AC’s speakeasy’s! Like TV’s Nucky, Mr. Johnson was driven around town in a powder blue Rolls Royce and wore flashy suits with his trademark red carnation.
Nucky became sheriff of Atlantic County in 1908 and served in the roll until 1911. Later in 1911 Nucky became the leader of the Republican party in Atlantic County and enjoyed the greatest amount of power and wealth during prohibition in the 1920s. Much of this wealth was from his corrupt dealings in booze, gambling and prostitution.
Nucky Johnson died at December 9, 1968 at the Atlantic County Convalescent Home in Northfield.
You can visit his grave at the Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township.