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Biogrpahy of Allan Pinkerton 1819Student: Norman StaubClass: CJS/250College: Uiversity of PhoenixProfessor: John AdamsDate: 10/12/13
Biogrpahy of Allan Pinkerton 1819Allan Pinkerton 1819-84, American detective, founder of the Pinkerton NationalDetective Agency, b. Glasgow, Scotland. A cooper by trade, he immigrated to the UnitedStates in 1842 and opened in West Dundee, Ill., a cooper's shop, which became a stationon the Underground Railroad.Allan Pinkerton worked hard, and realized that working for himself would be a muchbetter plan for himself and family. Pinkerton realized that good quality raw materials forhis barrels were obtained on a small abandoned island close to town. He made a decisionthat instead of paying others to give him the materials; he would move to the island andget it himself. However, once he got to the island, he saw signs of occupancy. Knowingthat there were some counterfeiters in the area, he construed this could be the hidingplace that had long evaded officials. His discovery and capture of a band of counterfeitersled to his appointment (1846) as county sheriff and, in 1850, to an appointment as thefirst city detective on the Chicago police force. He established in the same year a private

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