Abraham Lincoln created the agency the day he was assassinated
The 16th president of the U.S. created the Secret Service on April 14, 1865. Too bad John Wilkes Booth shot the president while attending the theater later that day.
However, the original mission of the Secret Service was not to protect the president
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
The agency was created as a division of the Treasury Department. Its mission? To crack down on the proliferation of counterfeit currency, an epidemic that threatened to destroy the American economy. Don’t miss these secret operations the government doesn’t want you to know about.