Pinkertons

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Pinkertons

famous detective agency; founded in 1850. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 392]
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In 1852, he formed the North-Western Police Agency, later to be known as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, with Chicago attorney Edward Rucker.
In 1850, at the age of 32, he resigned the position to start the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, widely considered to be the first agency to provide private investigative services.
Founded in 1850, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency became synonymous with America's most important police work in the second half of the 19th century.