The United States Secret Service was originally founded (in 1865) as an anti-counterfeiting unit in the Treasury Department. However, once President McKinley was assassinated, the Secret Service assumed presidential protection duties. As of 2002, the Secret Service (Special Agents and the Uniformed Division) is part of the Department of Homeland Security. They are also part of Marine One, Air Force One, and Cadillac One (all of which are described in this episode).
Throughout their history, the Secret Service has witnessed and/or foiled many assassination attempts including ones on: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Kennedy, Ford, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush Jr.
For more information, read: http://www.secretservice.gov/
The American Presidents by David Whitney
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