About the Federal Bureau of Investigation
The FBI originated from a force of Special Agents created in 1908 by Attorney General Charles Bonaparte
during the Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. The two men first met when they both spoke at a meeting of the Baltimore Civil
Service Reform Association. Roosevelt, then Civil Service Commissioner, boasted of his reforms in federal law enforcement.
On July 26, 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation celebrated 98 years of public service. On that
day in the year 1908, Attorney General Charles Bonaparte ordered 9 newly hired detectives, 13 civil rights investigators,
and 12 accountants to take on investigative assignments in areas such as antitrust, peonage, and land fraud. Today, that small
group of 34 investigators has grown into a cadre of over 30,000 employees.