Secret Service 1885

letter to Crane from the Treasury Department, Secret-Service

According to their website, The Secret Service Division was formed on July 5, 1865 as part of the Department of the Treasury.  Chief William P. Wood was sworn in as the first Secret Service chief (now known as “director”) by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch. The division was created to “stamp out rampant counterfeiting in order to stabilize America’s young financial system”.