With offices across Canada and the US, the firm was finally sold off in 1999. The following year Burns Security also sold out to the Pinkerton buyers. The new owners are called
Securitas, a firm that was by then several decades old. It is now the largest private security company in the world. A title Pinkerton owned till 1999.
Most history books tell us that Allan was born in Scotland and came to America where he reached fame in various ventures. Often left out of the resource materials is the fact that while the above is true, BEFORE coming to America, he came to the colony of British North America, an area now called Canada.
This oversight is oft repeated in resource materials, and is unfortunate for those seeking ACCURATE information!
Pinkertons used this logo to give the public the impression the detectives never sleep, and are always on the job for their clients. Always keeping their eye open to what was going on in the client's business!
Pick up any dictionary and you will see that this Pinkerton logo is the very source of the famous phrase ... private eye.
In the late 1850's Allan Pinkerton became an agent for the US Treasury Department. This no doubt due to his expansive work with various railways. And the chasing down of bandits and other criminals who used the rails to flee from one jurisdiction to another on hopes of evading capture. Perhaps from their also making the very railroads their victims to boot.
At the time Allan Pinkerton was also well acquainted with two civil war Major Generals. One of these was John A McLernand. The 2nd being George B McLellan who was the Chief Engineer, then VP of the Illinois Central Railway and later the President of the Ohio and Mississippi Railway. And this general's employer had a lawyer named Abraham Lincoln.
At the time Allan Pinkerton often used the code-name Major Allan, and at this point was acting as a Lincoln bodyguard and Chief of the Union Intelligence Service. (The forerunner to the US Secret Service of today.)
This story continues Sunday next.
Hope you will join me then,