Online Encyclopedia Search Tool

Your Online Encyclopedia


Online Encylopedia and Dictionary Research Site

Online Encyclopedia Free Search Online Encyclopedia Search    Online Encyclopedia Browse    welcome to our free dictionary for your research of every kind

Online Encyclopedia

Allan Pinkerton

Pinkerton (left) with Abraham Lincoln.
Pinkerton (left) with Abraham Lincoln.

Allan Pinkerton (August 25, 1819July 1, 1884) was a U.S. detective. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland to police sergeant William Pinkerton and his wife Isabell. Allan emigrated to the United States in 1842. In Chicago, Illinois in 1852, he formed the first detective agency, the Pinkerton Agency, which solved a series of train robberies. He was head of the U.S. Secret Service in 18611862 and foiled an assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland, while guarding Abraham Lincoln on his way to his inauguration for his first term as president. He was so famous that for decades after his death, the word "Pinkerton" was a slang term for a private eye.

Pinkerton died in Chicago, Illinois, on July 1, 1884.

See American Civil War spies

External links

Last updated: 11-06-2004 12:19:21