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today’s birthday: Allan Pinkerton (1819)

Allan Pinkerton (1819)

Pinkerton, an American detective and spy, founded the first private detective agency in the US—the Pinkerton Detective Agency—in 1850. The agency, which specialized in railroad theft cases, soon became famous, and Pinkerton opened branches in several cities. In 1860, he discovered and thwarted a plot to assassinate newly elected President Abraham Lincoln while en route to his inauguration. He went on to serve as a spy during the Civil War and head up what would become what government agency? More… Discuss

picture of the day: President Lincoln at Antietam

President Lincoln at Antietam
President Lincoln stands between Allan Pinkerton and Major General John A. McClernand in Antietam, Maryland in October 1862.

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