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|Birth:||25th August, 1819|
|Death:||1st July, 1884|
|Profession:||Author, Businessman, Spymaster|
Allan Pinkerton was born in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland. He was a Scottish American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. Disillusioned by the failure to win suffrage, Pinkerton emigrated to the United States in 1842. He built a cabin and started a cooperage there, sending for his wife in Chicago after the cabin was complete. As early as 1844, Pinkerton worked for Chicago Abolitionist leaders, and his Dundee home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. In 1849 Pinkerton was appointed as the first detective in Chicago. In the 1850, he partnered with Chicago attorney Edward Rucker in forming the North-Western Police Agency,which later became Pinkerton&Co, and finally Pinkerton National Detective Agency and is still in existence today as Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations, a subsidiary of Securitas AB. Pinkerton's business insignia was a wide open eye with the caption "We never sleep."
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