Pinkerton, William A.

Led Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency 1884-1923

Price: $60.00

Description:
(1846-1923) Son of Allan Pinkerton, founder of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency (ca. 1852) in Chicago. Attended Notre Dame University 1861 & 1865, served in US Army Secret Service Division 1861-65 and later with his father in New Orleans investigating fraudulent claims of property loss against the US government. Wounded by exploding shell during 1862 Battle of Antietam. In 1866 worked as a detective on criminal cases for the Pinkerton Agency. Upon death of his father in 1884, managed western division of the Pinkerton Agency from Chicago, in partnership with brother Robert in New York office, specialized in bank protection. After Robert’s 1907 death, William ran the company alone until his death. Dealt with outlaws Sam Bass, the James Gang, Younger Brothers, Daltons, Butch Cassidy & his Hole-In-The-Wall Gang, etc. Wrote “Highwaymen of the Railroad”, in Nov. 1893 “The North American Review”. Autograph Sentiment Signed on 2 ½ x 5 ¼ light brown slip, adds Chicago, April 7 1921.

Condition: Very good, light toning
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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