When Kate Warne first applied for a position at the Pinkerton Detective Agency, she was laughed at. Still, she persevered and soon became America’s first female detective. During her time at the agency, she uncovered a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln during a trip from Philadelphia to Baltimore. She concocted a plan to protect the president, one involving master disguises, bribery and sleepless nights. Legend has it that her watchful ways inspired the term “private eye.”
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