Few people still remember that there was a real Nucky Johnson who pulled the strings in Atlantic City just as successfully as Nucky Thompson does on television. Nucky covertly encouraged the sale and consumption of various illegal products and services in Prohibition-era Atlantic City. He participated in all of the illegal operations in town, helping them grow while pocketing a good deal of the proceeds himself.
He started his political career as a low-level official and quickly became more influential than his official title warranted.
Read on at Boardwalk Empire Nucky Johnson, History of a Man.