Rowley, James J. (James Joseph), 1908-1992


Rowley, James J. (James Joseph), 1908-1992


Bio: James Joseph Rowley (1908-1992) began his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1937, but he soon transferred to the U.S. Secret Service. He was Director of the U.S. Secret Service from 1961 to 1973. After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, he reorganized and modernized the Secret Service, improved training procedures, and updated the use of electronic surveillance.


President Lyndon B. Johnson hands a pen to James Rowley. Secret Service Bill Signing, Oval Office, 6/6/1968. Photo # a6449-30a by Yoichi Okamoto. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library. Public domain.


LBJ Connection: Special Agent, FBI, 1937-1938; Secret Service Agent, White House Detail, 1945-1946; Supervising Agent, 1946-1961; Director, U.S. Secret Service, 1961-1973