There’s nothing more painful than a story with an unfortunate dose of irony, and the assassination involving Lincoln is just another one of those stories.

Why? Well, the Secret Service is a group of people who are the President’s bodyguards, was formed the same night that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated! How did Lincoln still end up dead?

The initial reason for the Secret Service, was to investigate problems that were country wide, because no other type of law enforcement had the authority to investigate across the nation. To solve this problem, Lincoln proposed a group of officers whose jurisdiction stretches across the entire country.

Unfortunately, the legislation that would have made Lincoln’s decision final was left on his desk the night that he was assassinated.

After Lincoln’s assassination, the legislation was seen as a vital necessity, and the Secret Service officers duties were transformed to involve protecting the president. Learn more about the Secret Service by clicking the source!