Today In History- July 1
The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.
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U.S. Department of Justice created in important post-war legislation.
1 Jul 1870 | Washington D.C., USA
Just years following the American Civil War, on July 1, 1870, the Department of Justice was permanently organized. The act was a continuation of the Judiciary Act of 1789, with power still remaining for the Attorney General. In addition, a solicitor was appointed to supervise the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court. Eventually, the Department of Justice grew in cooperation with local law enforcement to act as a government security force. President Ulysses S. Grant was adamant about the creation of this very elite organization.