Everyone is familiar with the group of people who accompany and protect the President of the United States or presidential candidates. Officially titled The United States Secret Service or USSS, the organization has been around since 1865 and was originally created to handle counterfeit currency that was threatening to affect the US. However, nowadays the USSS handles all sorts of things from:
- Financial crimes,
- Credit fraud.
So it’s definitely a multi-purpose position! The USSS agents are way more than just bodyguards and there are probably a couple things that you didn’t know about them.
Here is a list of the top ten things that you may not have known about the USSS. Looks like it won’t be much of a secret anymore!
1. The USSS was created on April 14, 1865 by the 16th president of the United States. However, at the beginning, they were not responsible for protecting the President.
Ironically, Abraham Lincoln was shot and assassinated by John Wilkes Booth the very same day the secret service was created while he was attending the theater.
2. The original purpose for the USSS was to act as a treasury department. This was considered important because counterfeit currency was a problem that threatened to harm the American economy.
It wasn’t until later when more attacks were made towards the President that it was informally requested that the USSS also handle the President’s protection.
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