Private investigators and Women’s History Month

By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

In 1856 Kate Warne walked into the Pinkerton agency and asked for a job. The result was the first female private investigator in history of the United States.

“She never let me down” Pinkerton later said according to Library of Congress blogger, Erin Allen. Warne had a knack for gaining the confidence of and friendship women surrounding the agency’s crime cases. Soon her skills were being put to national use.

The Library of Congress’ Pinterkton Detective Agency collection doesn’t contain many references to Warne, however a pamphlet written by Pinkerton explaining how Warne went undercover as a — More—

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