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OUTLAW BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1847

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Jesse James at fourteen years old.

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Jesse Woodson James (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882)

Jesse James was revered as a famous outlaw from Missouri who
robbed banks, trains, and stagecoaches. 

The James brothers, Jesse and Frank, were most active with their
gang from about 1866 until 1876.

On April 3, 1882, Jesse James was killed by a member of his own
gang, Robert Ford, who hoped to collect a reward on James’ head.

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A LEGEND BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1851

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John Henry "Doc" Holliday
(August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887)

Holliday was a gambler, gunfighter, dentist, and a good friend of Wyatt
Earp
. He was also a Deputy U.S. Marshal during and after the famous 
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. At age 19 Holliday left his birthplace of 
Georgia for Pennsylvania to study dentistry.

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LEGENDARY LAWMAN BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1837

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James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876)

Some of Hickok’s exploits as reported at the time were fictionalized, but his skills as
a gunfighter and gambler provided the basis for his enduring fame. He was relieved
of his duties as marshal less than two months after accidentally killing Deputy. This incident was one of a series of questionable shootings and claims of misconduct.

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