Today in History–August 25–the Library of Congress features Allan Pinkerton, born on this day in 1819. A dedicated abolitionist, Pinkerton had a shop that was a “station” for escaped slaves traveling the Underground Railroad but his detective career began by chance when he unwittingly discovered then knowingly helped nab two sets of counterfeiters. Find out more about the crime-busting exploits of this Private Eye and first Director of the U.S. Secret Service by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to uncover more primary source treasures.
Allan Pinkerton from America’s Library
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