Kate Warne

Civil War Spy
Born 1833

Kate Warne.http://www. sameshield. com/history/sshistory04. html was the first female detective in the United States.

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1833 Birth Born in 1833.


1856 23 Years Old Described by Allan Pinkerton as a slender, brown haired woman, there is not much else known about Warne prior to when she walked into the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1856. … Read More
1858 25 Years Old Warne's arguments swayed Pinkerton, who employed Warne as the first female detective. Pinkerton soon had a chance to put Warne to the test. In 1858, Warne was involved in the case of Adams Express Company embezzlements where she was successfully able to bring herself into the confidence of the wife of the prime suspect, Mr. Maroney. … Read More
1861 28 Years Old 1 More Event
As part of Pinkerton's team at the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, Warne was one of five agents sent to Baltimore, Maryland, on February 3, 1861, to investigate the hotbed of secessionist activity occurring just months prior to the inauguration of Lincoln (see also Maryland in the Civil War). … Read More


1868 35 Years Old Warne did not survive long after the Civil War. She suddenly caught pneumonia on New Year's Day, 1868, and died on January 28 with Pinkerton at her bedside. … Read More
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