May 5, 2013
Biography of Allan Pinkerton
Allan Pinkerton was born on August 25, 1819 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was the founder of a famous American private detective agency called the Pinkerton National Detective Agency (biography.com). Pinkerton prevented an assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln. He was a man with great power of observation and courage. Allan Pinkerton's achievements and those of the organization he shaped from its birth, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, was actually studying the history of the growth of America during its last century and a half. The man himself crossed paths with many of the greatest figures this nation has known. He made an impression on each of their lives and, without a doubt, changed the course of American History as we know it. Pinkerton's agents took on the most difficult assignments; cases ranged from financial and property thefts, government overthrows, to murder. And the agents always got their man, or woman. In the year 2000, the Pinkerton Detective Agency celebrated its 150 years of service (trutv.com). The Pinkerton code was to never accept bribes, never compromise with criminals, partner with local enforcement agencies, refuse divorce cases or cases that initiate scandals, turn down reward money, never raise fees without the client’s pre-knowledge, and keep client’s apprised on an on-going basis (pinkerton.com/history). Allan Pinkerton served as head of the Union Intelligence Service from 1861 to 1865, which was the forerunner of the U.S. Secret Service. Pinkerton developed the first criminal database because his agency started collecting newspaper stories for reference in investigations that included mug shots which was adopted by police departments. Before Allan Pinkerton created his detective agency, he was a police investigator for the Chicago police department and had the offer of being the first detective in Chicago. While...