Operative William Craig

Operative William Craig

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, September 3, 1902

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William Craig

Operative William Craig was killed when the carriage he was riding in was struck by a trolley on South Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Operative Craig was on a detail to protect President Theodore Roosevelt when the carriage was struck. President Roosevelt and the Governor of Massachusetts were slightly injured in the accident.

The trolly car driver was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six months in jail.

Operative Craig had served with the agency for less then 1 year. He was the first secret service agent to be killed while on a presidential protection detail. He had previously served for 12 years in the British Army and was survived by his wife. He is buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, and there is a memorial to him in Pittsfield, Massachusetts which was dedicated in the summer of 2005.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by streetcar
  • Location Massachusetts

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 3, 2020

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