Allan Pinkerton

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Allan Pinkerton
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Portrait of Allan Pinkerton, circa 1861
Born(1819-08-25)August 25, 1819
The Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
DiedJuly 1, 1884(1884-07-01) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Resting placeGraceland Cemetery, Chicago
OccupationCooper, abolitionist, detective, spymaster
Known forCreating Pinkerton Detective Agency, being an American Civil War Union spy
Spouse(s)Joan Pinkerton (m. 1842–1884)
Children3

Allan J. Pinkerton (August 25, 1819 – July 1, 1884) was a Scottish–American detective and spy. He was best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. He was known for protecting then-President-elect of the United States Abraham Lincoln during the Baltimore Plot (a plan to kill Lincoln in Baltimore, Maryland in 1862).[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hunt, Russell A. (2009). "Allan Pinkerton: America's first private eye (1819–1884)". The Forensic Examiner.