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Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand
Allan Pinkerton, seen here with President Lincoln and Major General John A. McClernand, saved Lincoln's life by warning him of an assassination attempt

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

In 1861, while investigating a railway case, Pinkerton uncovered an assassination plot against Abraham Lincoln. The conspirators intended to kill Lincoln in Baltimore during a stop on his way to his inauguration. Pinkerton warned Lincoln of the threat, and the president-elect's itinerary was changed so that he passed through the city secretly at night. Lincoln later hired Pinkerton to organize a "secret service" to obtain military information in the Southern states during the Civil War. In Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi, he performed his own investigative work and traveled under the pseudonym (false name) "Major E.J. Allen."
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