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Allan Pinkerton

1819 - 1884

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Allan J. Pinkerton (August 25, 1819 – July 1, 1884) was a Scottish cooper, abolitionist, detective, and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in the United States and his claim to have foiled a plot in 1861 to assassinate president-elect Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War, he provided the Union Army – specifically General George B. McClellan of the Army of the Potomac – with military intelligence, including extremely inaccurate enemy troop strength numbers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Allan Pinkerton has received more than 1,445,790 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Allan Pinkerton is the 1,096th most popular writer (up from 1,134th in 2019), the 870th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 883rd in 2019) and the 106th most popular British Writer.

Allan Pinkerton was a detective who founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. He is most famous for his role in the Lincoln assassination.

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Among writers, Allan Pinkerton ranks 1,096 out of 5,755Before him are Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Patrick White, Vidyapati, Joost van den Vondel, Radegund, and Henri Michaux. After him are Mimnermus, Jean Giraudoux, Jan Neruda, Andrei Bely, Thomas Chatterton, and Pierre Larousse.

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Among people born in 1819, Allan Pinkerton ranks 23Before him are John Couch Adams, Franz von Suppé, George V of Hanover, Theodor Fontane, Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois, and Francis V, Duke of Modena. After him are Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Stanisław Moniuszko, Gottfried Keller, Elias Howe, Johan Jongkind, and Théodore Chassériau. Among people deceased in 1884, Allan Pinkerton ranks 12Before him are Elias Lönnrot, Johann Gustav Droysen, Marie Bashkirtseff, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, and Alfred Brehm. After him are Hans Makart, Karl Richard Lepsius, Hermann Kolbe, Charles Adolphe Wurtz, Paul Abadie, and Fanny Elssler.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Allan Pinkerton ranks 870 out of 7,765Before him are Rosamunde Pilcher (1924), Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884), Bernard Lee (1908), Gladwyn Jebb (1900), Patrick White (1912), and Graham Chapman (1941). After him are Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), Ken Hensley (1945), Tom Wilkinson (1948), Terry Jones (1942), Tony Richardson (1928), and William Holman Hunt (1827).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Allan Pinkerton ranks 106Before him are Jerome K. Jerome (1859), Edmund Spenser (1552), Robert Graves (1895), W. H. Auden (1907), Rosamunde Pilcher (1924), and Patrick White (1912). After him are Thomas Chatterton (1752), Elizabeth Gaskell (1810), Lobsang Rampa (1910), Dylan Thomas (1914), Arthur Hailey (1920), and Thomas De Quincey (1785).