Al Swearengen Biography
Birthday: July 8, 1845 (Cancer)
Born In: Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States
Ellis Alfred Swearengen was a pimp and entertainment entrepreneur from Iowa. During the late 19th century, he was known for running a notorious brothel called the Gem Theater in Deadwood, South Dakota, for 22 years. The Gem offered people many services, including gambling, stage shows, and prostitution. Swearengen was a criminal notorious for his brutality. He would forge alliances with influential men who would help him in running his illegal businesses. He would lure young women into prostitution and bring them to Deadwood. He committed most of the crimes himself and had a gang of henchmen to help him. His prostitution business thrived and he made a lot of money, sometimes earning as much as a nightly average of $5,000 - $10,000. After a few years of its opening, the Gem burned down due to a fire accident. However, Swearengen rebuilt his establishment on an even bigger scale. In popular culture, he was depicted in an HBO television series titled ‘Deadwood’ that ran for two years.