he first attempt to assassinate a U.S. president was in 1835, when a lone gunman approached Andrew Jackson in the Capitol Building and attempted to fire two pistols at him. Both of them misfired, and the first security person to tangle with the shooter was Jackson himself, who whacked him with his cane. Jackson didn’t have a regular security detail, and apparently didn’t get one after this incident. Things certainly have changed.
Well then, don’t’ count out loud…!
The name didn’t even make sense when it was first established.
“With a reported one third of the currency in circulation being counterfeit at the time, the Secret Service was created on July 5, 1865 in Washington, D.C., to suppress counterfeit currency. Chief William P. Wood was sworn in by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch. It was commissioned in Washington, D.C. as the “Secret Service Division” of the Department of the Treasury with the mission of suppressing counterfeiting."
When presidential protection was added, it became even more nonsensical.
There should be more rogue SS men today….
I’d thought Horace would fall asleep.
July 31, 2015