|Allan Pinkerton founder of The Pinkerton Detective Agency|
Yesterday I was telling you about how Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, came to America and got his start in the business. We left off with Allan being hired by the railroads to protect it's interests, not only from without but from within. It was during this period that Pinkerton expanded on his techniques for spying on employees, techniques that would form "a central part of his future detective operations."
Something especially interesting I discovered, was that Pinkerton "hired the nation's first female detective." Kate Warne approached Pinkerton with the idea that as a woman, she could "worm out secrets in many places to which it was impossible for mail detectives to gain access." Pinkerton liked it and signed her on. Later he recalled that she never let him down.
By this time, Pinkerton was also aiding local and federal authorities. Although many cities had police departments by the 1860s, there was a serious lack beyond the city's borders and it was this void that Pinkerton filled with the creation of his National Detective Agency.
(tomorrow, the Civil War period...)