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Secret Service Men at Foller's House, Cumberland Landing, Virginia, 1862
Posing in Virginia in 1862, Pinkerton detectives went on to become the U.S. Secret Service

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Detective Allan Pinkerton Was Born in Glasgow, Scotland
August 25, 1819

Assisting in the arrest of these men and another gang led first to Pinkerton's appointment as deputy sheriff of Kane County and, later, as Chicago's first full-time detective. In 1850, Pinkerton left this post to start his own detective agency. One of the first of its kind, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency provided a wide array of private detective services and specialized in the capture of train robbers and counterfeiters. By the 1870s, the agency had the world's largest collection of mug shots and a criminal database. The agency's logo, the All-Seeing Eye, inspired the term "Private Eye."
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