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Allan Pinkerton led quite an adventurous and accomplished life. During his varied and long career he was known as a patriot and a traitor, an idealist and a thug, a police officer and an outlaw, a trampler of rights and a defender of liberty, a rogue, an innovator, a remodeler, but most of all, he was a detective.

Allan Pinkerton was born in the footsteps of his father who was a police sergeant. His father died when Allan was a young child, therefore his family was living in poverty. In 1842 he moved to the United States and settled in the Chicago area. One day he discovered and captured a gang of counterfeiters while he was cutting wood and working on his cabin. Soon after, he was appointed deputy sheriff of Kane County in 1846 and soon after he became deputy sheriff of Cook County, with its headquarters being in Chicago.

In the 1850’s Pinkerton was busy working in both the private security and law enforcement fields. He was appointed to Special Agent for the U.S. Postal service and did covert work and investigated counterfeiting. In 1855 he created the Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, which provided different private detective services which specialized in train robberies, counterfeiters, and private security for industries.

During this time, much of the United States was still known as the “Wild West”. The few police forces that did exist were restricted and confined to larger cities, and were often unorganized and incompetent. This left the rural country will barely any law enforcement at all. Pinkerton recognized the opportunity to succeed in the private sector as he understood well that the police could not service every need of the public. Post offices and railroads, which had to operate in the vast rural wilderness areas, became the agency’s most common clients. Pinkerton and his operatives gained a reputation for being tough,…...

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