It was the first time in our nation's history that a President had been
assassinated. As cries from citizens rang out, Congress began to think about
adding Presidential protection to the list of duties performed by the Secret
Service. However, it would take another 36 years and the assassination of two
more Presidents -- James A. Garfield (March 4, 1881-September 10, 1881) and
William McKinley (1897-1901) -- before the Congress added protection of the
President to the list of duties performed by the Secret Service.