Today in History: Detective Allan Pinkerton

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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Allan Pinkerton correspondence

Books & texts related to Allan Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton historical newspaper coverage

Celebrating Women’s History: America’s First Female P.I. Library of Congress Blog March 31, 2015

Detective agency image set

Bill to repeal section 3108 of title 5, United States Code, which prohibits the employment by the United States and the District of Columbia of individuals employed by detective agencies

Secret Service image set

U.S. legislation related to the Secret Service

Secret Service mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection

Books & texts related to the U.S. Secret Service & others 1860-1919

Secret Service historical newspaper coverage

United States Secret Service Web Archive