Allan Pinkerton Born

On this day in 1819, Allan Pinkerton was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Pinkerton gained notoriety by starting a detective service based in Chicago that thwarted many train and bank robberies. Pinkerton, a staunch opponent of labor unions, quickly helped steel baron and fellow Scot Andrew Carnegie during the 1892 Homestead plant strike. Pinkerton provided a detachment of detectives to escort the replacement workers that the company hired to replace the strikers. Violence soon erupted and nine detectives were killed. Nineteen strikers were later hung for their part in the violence.