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Date: 10/19/2004 at 14:01:52

Biography reproduced from page 365 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

In 1867 was elected John M. Pinkerton, to the office of sheriff, and a better officer never was found. He is a cousin of the celebrated Allen Pinkerton, of detective fame, and can hardly be considered as second to him. No man has attained such a reputation as a terror to evil doers in all northern Iowa as has Mr. Pinkerton, and no matter how fierce and desperate the man was, that he laid hand on, he knew enough to go willingly with the redoubtable sheriff of Kossuth county. His keen eye was sure to find out the fugitive from justice, or spot the criminal, no matter how well disguised. Such a jewel of a sheriff of course the people could not let go, so they re-elected him time and time again his own successor, until he held the office for fourteen years. He is now in that Eldorado of the west, Dakota, engaged in some branch of the lumbering business.


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