Jesse James

Born Sep 5, 1847

Jesse Woodson James was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber and murderer from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. Already a celebrity when he was alive, he became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death. Some recent scholars place him in the context of regional insurgencies of ex-Confederates following the American Civil War rather than a manifestation of frontier lawlessness or alleged economic justice.… Read More

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1847 Birth Jesse Woodson James was born in Clay County, Missouri, near the site of present-day Kearney, on September 5, 1847. … Read More
1852 4 Years Old After Robert James' death, his widow Zerelda remarried twice, first to Benjamin Simms in 1852 and then in 1855 to Dr. Reuben Samuel, who moved into the James' home. … Read More


1863 15 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1863, he was identified as a member of a guerrilla squad that operated in Clay County. … Read More
1864 16 Years Old In the summer of 1864, Taylor was severely wounded, losing his right arm to a shotgun blast. … Read More
1866 18 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On June 13, 1866 in Jackson County, Missouri, two jailed members of Quantril's gang were freed by a gang and the jailer killed. … Read More
1867 19 Years Old On May 23, 1867, for example, they robbed a bank in Richmond, Missouri, in which they killed the mayor and two others. … Read More


1868 20 Years Old In 1868, Frank and Jesse James allegedly joined Cole Younger in robbing a bank at Russellville, Kentucky.
1869 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Jesse James did not become well-known, however, until December 7, 1869, when he and (most likely) Frank robbed the Daviess County Savings Association in Gallatin, Missouri. … Read More
The Adams Express Company turned to the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1874 to stop the James-Younger gang. … Read More
Allan Pinkerton, the agency's founder and leader, took on the case as a personal vendetta. He began to work with former Unionists who lived near the James family farm. On the night of January 25, 1875, he staged a raid on the homestead. … Read More
1876 28 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 7, 1876, the James-Younger gang attempted a raid on the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota the opening day of hunting season in MN. … Read More


1879 31 Years Old 1 More Event
He recruited a new gang in 1879 and returned to crime, holding up a train at Glendale, Missouri (now part of Independence, Missouri), on October 8, 1879. … Read More
1881 33 Years Old In November 1881, James moved his family to St. Joseph, Missouri, not far from where he had been born and reared. … Read More
…  On April 3, 1882, Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford, a member of his own gang who hoped to collect a reward on James' head. … Read More
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