Allan Pinkerton

Founder of Pinkerton Detective Agency

Male Tough Hero 4/Bodyguard 4/Investigator 4 CR 12
Medium-size humanoid (middle-aged human)
Init +1; Senses Listen +11, Spot +10
Languages English, Gaelic
Def 19, touch 18, flat-footed 18 (+1 Dex, +7 class, +1 buff coat)
hp 100 (HD 4d10+4 plus 4d12+4 plus 4d6+4)
Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +7
Spd 30 ft.; Space 5 ft; Reach 5 ft.
Base Atk +9/+4; Grap +10
Melee attack +12/+7 (1d8+1, nonlethal unarmed)
Ranged attack +10/+5 (2d6, Army revolver); (2d10, Spencer carbine); (2d4, Double Derringer)
Abilities Str 12, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 15, Wis 16, Cha 11
SQ harm’s way, combat sense +1, sudden action, profile, low-level contact, nonlethal force
AL Law & Order, Justice; Rep +7; AP 10
Occupation: Investigative [class skills: Investigate, Sense Motive]
Skills: Concentration +7, Disable Device +5, Disguise +3, Gather Information +7, Intimidate +15, Investigate +19, Knowledge (streetwise) +7, Listen +11, Profession (detective) +7, Search +4, Sense Motive +16, Spot +10
Feats: Alertness, Attentive, Brawl, Quick Draw, Improved Brawl, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Combat Expertise, Dodge, Renown, Personal Firearms Proficiency, Simple Weapons Proficiency
Talents (Tough Hero): Robust, Stamina
Possessions: Army revolver (.44), Double Derringer (.32), Spencer carbine (.56), buff coat, rough clothing and various personal items

Allan Pinkerton (b. 25 August 1819, current age 53) was a Scottish detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton Agency, the first detective agency of the United States.

Early life, Career and Immigration

Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1819, Pinkerton was a cooper by trade, active in the British Chartist movement as a young man, and married Joan Carfrae (a singer) secretly before moving to America. Disillusioned by the failure to win universal suffrage, Pinkerton emigrated to the United States in 1842, at the age of 23.

In 1849 Pinkerton was appointed as the first detective in Chicago. In the 1850s, he partnered with Chicago attorney Edward Rucker in forming the North-Western Police Agency, later known as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency which is still running. Pinkerton’s business insignia was a wide open eye with the caption “We never sleep.”

As the United States expanded in territory, rail transportation increased. Pinkerton’s agency solved a series of train robberies during the 1850s, bringing Pinkerton first into contact with [[George McClellan]] and [[Abraham Lincoln]].

American Civil War

Prior to his service with the Union Army, he developed several investigative techniques that are still used today. Among them are “shadowing” (surveillance of a suspect) and “assuming a role” (undercover work). Following the outbreak of the [[Civil War]], Pinkerton served as head of the Union Intelligence Service in 1861–62 and foiled an alleged assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland, while guarding [[Abraham Lincoln]] on his way to his inauguration. His agents often worked undercover, posing as Confederate soldiers and sympathizers, in an effort to gather military intelligence. Pinkerton served several undercover missions under the alias of Major E.J. Allen. Pinkerton was succeeded as Intelligence Service Chief by Lafayette Baker. The Intelligence Service was the forerunner of the U.S. Secret Service.


Following Pinkerton’s service with the Union Army, he continued his pursuit of train robbers, such as the Reno Gang and also sought to oppose labor unions. In 1872, the Spanish Government hired Pinkerton to help suppress a revolution in Cuba which intended to end slavery and give citizens the right to vote.


Pinkerton has produced several popular detective books, ostensibly based on his own exploits and those of his agents. They are more motivated by a desire to promote his detective agency than as a literary endeavour. Most historians believe that Allan Pinkerton hired ghostwriters, but the books nonetheless bear his name and no doubt reflect his own views.
  • 1866Allan Pinkerton’s Unpublished Story of the First Attempt on the Life of Abraham Lincoln
  • 1868History and Evidence of the Passage of Abraham Lincoln from Harrisburg, Pa., to Washington, D.C., on the Twenty-second and Twenty-third of February, 1861

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