Friday, July 17, 2009

The obituary of Allen Pinkerton. The man who protected Lincoln on his way to Washington DC in 1861

Allen Pinkerton (August 25, 1819 – July 1, 1884) Was the man who was in charge of protecting Lincoln on his journey to Washington DC in February of 1861. He discovered an assassination plot and convinced General Scott and others to make sure Lincoln did not take his regular posted train to Washington. Therefore he was whisked to Washington on a special train and not dressed very Presidential. Pinkerton was also the head of the first Secret Service.Pinkerton (on the left) with Lincoln in 1862

Pinkerton's obituary from July 2, 1884