James Joseph Rowley

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James Joseph Rowley

Birthplace: Bronx, Bronx County, New York, United States
Death: November 01, 1992 (84)
Leisure World, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James J Rowley and Bridget Theresa Rowley
Brother of Francis Rowley

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About James Joseph Rowley


James Joseph Rowley (October 14, 1908 – November 1, 1992) was the head of the United States Secret Service between 1961 and 1973, under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

Rowley was born in the Bronx, New York to James J. Rowley and Bridget Theresa McTeague. His parents were Irish immigrants who met in New York City and were married in Manhattan.

Rowley been working for the Secret Service since 1938 during the days of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration after first joining the FBI in 1936. On June 18, 1964, Rowley provided testimony to the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy. After the assassination, 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.

Rowley died of congestive heart failure at his home in Leisure World, Maryland.

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James Joseph Rowley's Timeline

October 14, 1908
Bronx County, New York, United States
November 1, 1992
Age 84
Leisure World, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States