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

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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U.S. Secret Service Agent William Craig was born 21 November 1855 in Scotland. He was 6'4", had blue eyes and blond hair.

He was a British Soldier for 12 years. After being honorably discharged, he moved to America and applied for a job with the Secret Service.

He was killed on 3 September when a speeding trolley rammed into the open horse-drawn carriage carrying President Theodore Roosevelt in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The President said: "The man who was killed was one of whom I was fond and whom I greatly prized for his loyalty and faithfulness."

He was a son of George and Isabella Craig.

Agent William Craig was buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Cook County, Chicago.

Your service in America and Great Britain is not forgotten.

God bless you.


July 6, 2014

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