Pinkerton Biography 2Pinkerton Biography “Vice may triumph for a time, crime may flaunt its victories in the face of hones toilers, but in the end the law will follow the wrong-doer to a bitter fate, and dishonor and punishment will be the portion of those who sin.”-Alan Pinkerton. The name Pinkerton is well known throughout the entire world as the most famous private detective agency. It is unbelievable to think a person who started in a life of crime would become one of the most famous private detectives and have the biggest private detective agencies in the world. Allan Pinkerton was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1819. His father, a policeman was injured on the job and died as a result of his injuries in 1828. This caused the family to live in poverty and forcing Allan to be a provider for his family. For a period of time, Allan worked as a barrel maker to support his family. Then in 1842, at the age of 23, Allan Pinkerton secretly married Joan Carfrae, a singer, in Glasgow and then decidedto migrate to the United States.