A Brief History of the Secret Service’s Drinking Problem


The Secret Service, signed into existence on the last day of President Lincoln’s life, eventually came into being, in part, because the person tasked with protecting Lincoln that day was drinking on the job. When Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in 1865, he had been assigned one guard, Washington cop John Parker. When John Wilkes Booth shot the president, Parker was having a drink in a bar one building over…

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