U. E. BAUGHMAN SIGNED PHOTO, "Best wishes to Marguita Park, U. E. Baughman", blue ink, 5 x 8, B/W, matte-finish, showing the Chief, United States Secret Service sitting at his desk beneath a photo of the White House. In fine condition, with one light crease.
Urbanus Edmund Baughman (1905 – 1978) was the chief of the United States Secret Service between 1948 and 1961, under Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and first few months of the Kennedy administration. Baughman was the first Secret Service Chief to pen a memoir concerning the office he held. Entitled Secret Service Chief, it was a veritable tell-all on the intricacies and inner workings of the Secret Service and its evolution from a counterfeit detection department to the presidential protection unit. Baughman was interviewed by Time magazine and in an article dated April 20, 1953 he described the Secret Service's biggest fear as, "escaped mental patients who bear grudges against the President or the Government." Baughman admitted that in 1952 the United States Secret Service handled 2,535 presidential protection cases. Of these cases, 74 resulted in arrests, and 72 of those were sent to prison or mental institutions.