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Allan Pinkerton was born in Glasgow. Scotland on August 25, 1819. After emigrating to the United States in 1842 Pinkerton established a barrel making shop on the banks of the Fox River, which was one of the portage waterways that led to Chicago. By an accident, Pinkerton discovered a gang of counterfeits making coins and spreading reproduced bills throughout Illinois. A few days later after watching the men Pinkerton helped Sheriff Yates bring down the gang. Impressing the town’s council with the arrest of the counterfeiting ring along with another gang. Pinkerton was offered a full-time position as an investigator. He relocated back to Chicago to defend the law with his family. By 1848 he accrued the highest number of arrest for burglaries and murders. He was soon asked to become the city’s first detective. In 1850 Pinkerton resigned from his job with the city as a detective to start his own detective agency. His detective business was named Pinkerton national Detective Agency, which provided detective services and specialized in capturing train robbers and counterfeiters. In 1861 while Pinkerton and his staff was investigating a railway case they uncovered an assassination plot against President Abraham Lincoln. Pinkerton met with Abraham Lincoln to let him know of his findings. Pinkerton decided to make changes to the Presidents route being that the assassins knew of the route he was taking. Abraham Lincoln’s itinerary was changes so that he passed through the city secretly at night. Later on President Lincoln hired Pinkerton to organize a secret service to obtain military information in the Southern states during the civil war.
In 1865 the United States secret service at that time was to protect the president. By the year 1870 Pinkerton National Detective Agency was considered to have the world’s largest collection of mug shots and a criminal database. In…...

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