James Joseph Rowley

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James Joseph Rowley (1908–1992) was director of the United States Secret Service between 1961 and 1973, under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

An Irish-American, Rowley had in fact been working for the Secret Service since 1938 during the days of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration after first joining the FBI in 1936. After the trauma of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Secret Service training was regularized and systematized. The James J. Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, Maryland is named after him.

Rowley was a Roman Catholic. His brother Francis, was a Catholic priest who belonged to the largest all-male religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, the Jesuits.

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Preceded by
U.E. Baughman
Chief, United States Secret Service
September 1, 1961 – 1965
Succeeded by
Himself (as Director)
Preceded by
Himself (as Chief)
Director, United States Secret Service
1965 – October 1973
Succeeded by
H. Stuart Knight