United States Secret Service

The Secret Service began operations on on July 5, 1865 in Washington, D.C.

Its role was to suppress counterfeit currency.

By 1867, the role of the Secret Service also included "detecting persons perpetrating frauds against the government."

In 1894, the Secret Service gave part-time protection to President Cleveland.

In 1901, Congress then informally requested the Secret Service provide Presidential protection.

By 1902, the Secret Service had assumed full-time responsibility for protection of the President.

In 1917, Congress authorized the permanent protection of the Presidents immediate family.

In 1961, Congress authorized the protection of former Presidents.

In 1971, Congress authorized the Secret Service provide protection for visiting Heads of a foreign state or government.

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