Chief Lever became famous in the criminal justice world in 1915, for being the first to ever win a criminal conviction in Pennsylvania based largely on using fingerprint evidence.
According to Kennedy:
“…In fall 1915, a burglary occurred at the Wyncote home of John Taylor. The value of the stolen items was put at $900. Gideon Lever, Chief of Police in Cheltenham Township and a student of the science of fingerprinting, was the chief investigating officer.”