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Portrait of Allan Pinkerton, circa 1861
|Born||25 August 1819|
|Died||1 July 1884 (aged 64)|
Chicago, Illinois, US
|Resting place||Graceland Cemetery, Chicago|
|Occupation||Cooper, abolitionist, detective, spymaster|
|Known for||Creating Pinkerton Detective Agency, being an American Civil War Union spy|
|Spouse(s)||Joan Pinkerton (m. 1842–1884)|
Allan J. Pinkerton (25 August 1819 – 1 July 1884) was a Scottish–American detective and spy. He was best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. He was known for protecting then-President-elect of the United States Abraham Lincoln during the Baltimore Plot (a plan to kill Lincoln in Baltimore, Maryland in 1862).
- Hunt, Russell A. (2009). "Allan Pinkerton: America's first private eye (1819–1884)". The Forensic Examiner. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA215306197&v=2.1&u=lom_deltacoll&it=r&p=ITOF&asid=5181307a52e544f556bfca3b67b72027.