John Wesley Hardin
American Old West character
John Wesley Hardin
John Wesley Hardin was an American outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk hero of the Old West. He was born in Bonham, Texas. Hardin found himself in trouble with the law at an early age, and spent the majority of his life being pursued by both local lawmen and federal troops of the reconstruction era. He often used the residences of family and friends to hide out from the law.
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PREP FOOTBALL: John Hardin passes early road test (8/29) - Elizabethtown News Enterprise
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LEXINGTON — The Golden Rule is do to others as you would have them do to you and that is exactly what the John Hardin Bulldogs did to the Lexington Catholic Knights on Saturday night. Lexington Catholic has a deep-rooted tradition of
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Knox Central tops West Jessamine 21-13; John Hardin outduels Catholic in ... - Lexington Herald Leader
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Catholic met John Hardin in the later game. Knox Central (2-0) opened the scoring, getting a 5-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Gist with 6:29 left in the half. After a West punt, the Panthers tried to extend the lead to 10 points
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PREP GOLF: John Hardin to host Bulldog Classic Saturday (08/26) - News Enterprise
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John Hardin boys' golf coach David Allan saw a need for a tournament and he did something about it. When looking for tournaments to play in last season, Allan noticed the final weekend of August was a problem, especially for local teams
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GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: Norton, Central Hardin cruise by John Hardin (08/25) - News Enterprise
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The reigning Area Offensive Player of the Year scored two of her season-high four goals off rebounds, while two of her teammates scored off deflections as well as the eighth-ranked Lady Bruins cruised by the host John Hardin Lady Bulldogs,
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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Central downs John Hardin (08/24) - News Enterprise
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She loves teaming up with junior setter Abbey Sorrels for quick, powerful hits – and Tuesday night, Hall hammered 17th District rival John Hardin with plenty of them. Hall recorded a team-high nine kills, most of them off those quick plays,
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BOYS' PREP SOCCER ROUNDUP: John Hardin wins Graves County tourney (08/21) - Elizabethtown News Enterprise
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By The Staff The John Hardin Bulldogs went 3-0 to win the Graves County Eagle Invitational on Friday and Saturday, picking up wins over Paducah Tilghman, Paducah Heath and Franklin-Simpson. John Hardin (3-1) beat Tilghman, 6-0, after knocking off Heath
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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Lady Panthers rally to beat John Hardin in three (08/17) - Elizabethtown News Enterprise
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Russell's serving in the second set and run of aces helped rally the visiting Lady Panthers to a 25-27, 25-11, 25-17 victory Tuesday night over 17th District rival John Hardin. With Elizabethtown (3-0 overall, 2-0 district) already down a set and
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BOYS' PREP SOCCER: John Hardin a team in transition (08/14) - Elizabethtown News Enterprise
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John Hardin boys' soccer coach Alex Shearer knew last season was going to be one of transition. The thought was take one step back to go two steps forward. But last season went better than expected. The Bulldogs went 15-5-3 and took the
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2011 ALL-AREA GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD: Gabhart wins top honor for third ... - News Enterprise
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Gabhart received four of a possible six first-place votes and 24 points to top John Hardin senior Halie Holloway, who received two first-place votes and 17 points. Fort Knox junior Kiara Austin had the other first-place vote and nine points
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2011 ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Central Hardin takes 5-of-15 spots (07/13) - Elizabethtown News Enterprise
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John Hardin was the only other team with multiple All-Area players. And they live in the same house in senior pitcher Olivia Greenwell and junior outfielder and younger sister Catherine Greenwell. The remaining four All-Area players came from separate
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Two Arrested After String Of Home Break-Ins - WITN
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The sheriff's office arrested 27-year-old John Hardin and 28-year-old Renee Palmer, both of Beaufort. Hardin faces 36 charges and is being held on $147000 bond. Palmer is charged with nine offenses and was released after posting $20000 bond
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GOLF: Gumm wins Junior Am (07/08) - Elizabethtown News Enterprise
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John Hardin's Michael Vick (150) finished in a two-way tie for seventh in the 45-player division at Lindsey. North Hardin junior Ryan Daniels (152) finished in a two-way tie for 11th, while Elizabethtown junior Ian Black (153) was 13th and
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Artists, authors abound for July Downtown New Bern ArtWalk - New Bern Sun Journal
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Phil Bowie, author of the John Hardin suspense series, will sign books at The Next Chapter Bookstore on South Front Street. Also on hand will be the work of painter Carl Hultman. Author Flavius Hall is featured at the New Bern Farmers Market in a
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Supreme Court leaves few options for campaign finance reform - JURIST
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John Hardin Young [Counsel, Sandler Reiff Young & Lamb, PC]: On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that an Arizona law giving additional funds to publicly financed candidates if independent expenditures opposing the candidate reached a certain level was a
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St. X Shootout set for Thursday-Friday - Louisville Courier-Journal (blog)
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Henderson County #1; John Hardin vs. Warren East 3:50 pm – Webster County vs. North Oldham; Fairdale vs. Boone County 5 pm – St. X vs. Warren East; Henderson County #1 vs. John Hardin 6:10 pm – Boone County vs. Butler; DeSales vs
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Kentucky All-State Baseball Teams - Louisville Courier-Journal
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... Christian McHatton, Henderson Co.; Region 3 – Austin Edge, Daviess Co.; Kraig Farley Muhlenberg Co.; Region 4 – Jeremy Cline, Warren Central; Hunter Best, Russell Co.; Region 5 – Cody Creamer, John Hardin; Taylor Levi, Campbellsville; Ryan Squires,
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    FORTIES
  • 1895
    Age 41
    Selman's 56-year-old father, Constable John Selman, Sr. (himself a notorious gunman and former outlaw), approached Hardin on the afternoon of August 19, 1895, and the two men exchanged heated words.
    More Details Hide Details That night, Hardin went to the Acme Saloon, where he began playing dice. Shortly before midnight, Selman Sr. entered the saloon, walked up to Hardin from behind, and shot him in the head, killing him instantly. As Hardin lay on the floor, Selman fired three more shots into him. Selman Sr. was arrested for murder and stood trial. He claimed self-defense, stating that he witnessed Hardin attempting to draw his pistol upon seeing him enter the saloon, and a hung jury resulted in his being released on bond, pending retrial. However, before the retrial could be organized, Selman was killed in a shootout with US Marshal George Scarborough on April 6, 1896 during an argument following a card game. Hardin was buried the following day in Concordia Cemetery, in El Paso. A century later, on August 27, 1995, there was a confrontation between two groups at the site of Hardin's grave. One group, representing several great-grandchildren of Hardin, sought to relocate Hardin's body to Nixon, Texas, to be interred next to the grave of Hardin's first wife, Jane. The other group, consisting of locals from El Paso, sought to prevent the move. At the cemetery, the group representing Hardin's descendants presented a disinterment permit for the body, while the El Pasoans presented a court order prohibiting its removal. Both sides accused the other parties of seeking the tourist revenue generated by the location of the body.
    On January 9, 1895, Hardin married a 15-year-old girl named Callie Lewis.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage ended quickly, although it was never legally dissolved. Afterward, Hardin moved to El Paso, Texas. An El Paso lawman, John Selman, Jr., arrested Hardin's acquaintance and part-time prostitute, the "widow" M'Rose (or Mroz), for "brandishing a gun in public". Hardin confronted Selman and the two men argued with some accounts stating that Hardin pistol-whipped the younger man.
  • 1894
    Age 40
    Hardin was released from prison on February 17, 1894, having served seventeen years of his twenty-five year sentence.
    More Details Hide Details He was forty years old when he returned to Gonzales, Texas. Later that year, on March 16, Hardin was pardoned, and, on July 21, he passed the state's bar examination, obtaining his license to practice law. According to a newspaper article in 1900, shortly after being released from prison, Hardin committed negligent homicide when he made a $5 bet that he could "at the first shot" knock a Mexican man off the soap box on which he was "sunning" himself, winning the bet and leaving the man dead from the fall and not the gunshot.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1892
    Age 38
    During Hardin's stay in prison, his first wife, Jane, died, on November 6, 1892.
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    In 1892, Hardin was described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 pounds, with a fair complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair, and wound scars on his right knee, left thigh, right side, hip, elbow, shoulder, and back.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1883
    Age 29
    He was plagued by recurring poor health in prison, especially when the wound he had received from Sublett became re-infected in 1883, causing Hardin to be bedridden for almost two years.
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  • 1879
    Age 25
    In 1879, Hardin and other convicts were stopped while attempting to steal guns from the prison armory.
    More Details Hide Details Hardin also made several attempts to escape. During his prison term, on February 14, 1892, he was convicted of another manslaughter charge for the earlier shooting of J.B. Morgan and given a two-year sentence to be served concurrently with his unexpired 25-year sentence. Hardin eventually adapted to prison life. While there, he read theological books, becoming the superintendent of the prison Sunday School. He also studied law.
  • 1878
    Age 24
    Hardin was tried for the killing of Webb and on June 5, 1878, was sentenced to serve 25 years in Huntsville Prison.
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  • 1877
    Age 23
    On August 24, 1877, Rangers and local authorities confronted Hardin on a train in Pensacola, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details Hardin attempted to draw a .44 Colt cap-and-ball pistol but it got caught up in his suspenders. The officers knocked Hardin unconscious. They arrested two of his companions and Ranger John B. Armstrong killed a third, a man named Mann, who had a pistol in his hand. Hardin wrote that he was captured while smoking his pipe and Duncan only found Hardin's pistol under his shirt after his arrest.
    Two former slaves of his father's, "Jake" Menzel and Robert Borup, tried to capture Hardin in Gainesville, Florida in the middle of 1877.
    More Details Hide Details Hardin killed one and blinded the other.
  • 1876
    Age 22
    In November 1876 Hardin was briefly arrested for having marked cards in Mobile, Alabama.
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    In March 1876 Hardin wounded a man in Florida who had tried to mediate a quarrel between Hardin and another man.
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  • 1875
    Age 21
    On November 18, 1875 the leader of the Suttons, Ex-Cuero Texas town Marshal Reuben Brown was shot and killed by five men in Cuero along with a negro named Tom Freeman and another negro was wounded; in his autobiography Hardin made only two references to Brown: that "Rube" Brown had arrested William Taylor before sending him to Galveston, Texas for trial and that Brown had been among the leaders of a Sutton "posse" that had been out to "get" Hardin in Gonzales County, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details It is unknown if Hardin was directly or indirectly involved in the killing of Reuben Brown as he makes no further mention of either being involved or denying any connection with Brown's death in his life story.
    On January 20, 1875, the Texas Legislature authorized Governor Richard B. Hubbard to offer a $4,000 reward for Hardin's arrest.
    More Details Hide Details An undercover Texas Ranger named Jack Duncan intercepted a letter sent to Hardin's father-in-law by his brother-in-law, Joshua Robert "Brown" Bowen. The letter mentioned that Hardin was hiding out on the Alabama-Florida border using the name "James W. Swain". (In his autobiography, Hardin admitted that he had "adopted" this alias from Brenham, Texas Town marshal Henry Swain who had married a cousin of Hardin's named Molly Parks).
  • 1874
    Age 20
    After a brief visit to Florida where he claimed to have been involved in three incidents against Negroes, including a lynching, Hardin meet with his wife, Jane, and their young daughter, who he had relocated under the assumed name "Swain," Hardin then met up with his "gang" on May 26, 1874, in a Comanche saloon to celebrate his 21st birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Hardin spotted Brown County Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb entering the premises. He asked Webb if he had come to arrest him. When Webb replied he had not, Hardin invited him into the hotel for a drink. As he followed Hardin inside, Hardin claimed Webb drew his gun and one of Hardin's men yelled out a warning. In the ensuing gunfight, Webb was shot dead. It was reported at the time that Webb was shot as he was pulling out an arrest warrant for one of Hardin's group. Two of Hardin's accomplices in the shooting were cousin Bud Dixon and Jim Taylor. The death of the popular Webb resulted in the quick formation of a lynch mob. Hardin's parents and wife were taken into protective custody, while his brother Joe and two cousins, brothers Bud and Tom Dixon, were arrested on outstanding warrants. A group of local men broke into the jail in July 1874 and hanged Joe, Bud, and Tom. After this, Hardin and Jim Taylor parted ways for good. Hardin would claim that he twice drove away men connected to the feud who had come after him, killing a man in each encounter.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1873
    Age 19
    On the run again in June 1873 Hardin assisted in the escape of his brother-in-law Joshua Bowen from the Gonzales County, Texas jail where he was inprisoned on a 1872 murder charge-allegedly Hardin was also involved in this killing of Thomas Holderman.
    More Details Hide Details The Sutton–Taylor feud intensified when Jim and Bill Taylor gunned down Billy Sutton and Gabriel Slaughter as they waited on a steamboat platform in Indianola, Texas, on March 11, 1874. Tired of the feuding, the two were planning to leave the area for good. Hardin admitted that he and his brother, Joseph, had been involved (along with both Taylors) in the killings.
    Yet Hardin's main notoriety in the Sutton–Taylor feud came from his part in the killing of two lawmen known to be Sutton family allies. In Cuero, Texas, on May 17, 1873, Hardin killed DeWitt County Deputy Sheriff J.B. Morgan, who served under County Sheriff Jack Helm (a former captain in the Texas State Police and leader of the Sutton force at that time).
    More Details Hide Details Later that day, Hardin killed Helm in the town square of Albuquerque, Texas.
  • 1872
    Age 18
    In November 1872 Hardin escaped from the Gonzales County, Texas jail despite a guard of six men; a $100 reward was offered for his arrest. On May 15, 1873, Jim Cox and Jake Christman were killed by the Taylor faction at Tomlinson Creek.
    More Details Hide Details Hardin, having by then recovered from the injuries sustained in Sublett's attack, admitted that there were reports that he had led the fights in which these men were killed, but would neither confirm nor deny his involvement: " but as I have never pleaded to that case, I will at this time have little to say."
    On August 7, 1872, Hardin was wounded by a shotgun blast in a gambling dispute at the Gates Saloon in Trinity, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details He was shot by Phil Sublett, who had lost money to Hardin in a poker game. Two buckshot pellets penetrated Hardin's kidney and for a time it looked as if he would die. While recuperating from his wounds, Hardin decided he wanted to settle down. After surrendering to Sheriff Reagan (brother of John Henninger Reagan) of Cherokee County, Texas, he was wounded in the right knee by an accidental gunshot from a nervous deputy. " Hardin made a sick-bed surrender to authorities, handing over his guns to Sheriff Reagan and asking to be tried for his past crimes in order "to clear the slate". When Hardin learned of how many murders Reagan was going to charge him with, however, he changed his mind. A relative smuggled a hacksaw to Hardin, who escaped after cutting through the bars of a prison window.
    In early 1872, Hardin was in south-central Texas, in the area around Gonzales County.
    More Details Hide Details It was about this time that Hardin married Jane Bowen and started to keep regular company with her brother, cattle rustler Robert Bowen. While in the area, he also renewed acquaintance with some of his cousins who were allied with a local family, the Taylors (who had been feuding with the rival Sutton faction for several years).
  • 1871
    Age 17
    In October 1871, Hardin was involved in a gunfight with two Texas Special Policemen, Private Green Paramore and John Lackey, in which Paramore was killed and Lackey wounded.
    More Details Hide Details Following this, Hardin claimed he was involved in four gunfights:
    Soon afterwards on August 6, 1871, Hardin, his cousin Gip Clements, and a rancher friend named Charles Couger put up for the night at the American House Hotel after an evening of gambling.
    More Details Hide Details Clements and Hardin shared one room, with Couger in the adjacent room. All three had been drinking heavily. Sometime during the evening, Hardin was awakened by loud snoring coming from Couger's room. He first shouted several times for the man to "roll over" and then, irritated by the lack of response, drunkenly fired several bullets through the shared wall in an apparent effort to awaken him. Couger was hit in the head by the second bullet as he lay in bed, and was killed instantly. Although Hardin may not have intended to kill Couger, he had violated an ordinance prohibiting firing a gun within the city limits. Half-dressed and still drunk, he and Clements exited through a second-story window onto the roof of the hotel. He saw Hickok arrive with four policemen. "Now, I believed," Hardin wrote, "that if Wild Bill found me in a defenseless condition he would take no explanation, but would kill me to add to his reputation." A newspaper reported, "A man was killed in his bed at a hotel in Abilene, Monday night, by a desperado called Arkansas. The murderer escaped. This was his sixth murder." Hardin leapt from the roof into the street and hid in a haystack for the rest of the night. He then stole a horse and rode to the cow camp 35 miles outside town. Hardin claimed he ambushed lawman Tom Carson and two other deputies there.
    Hardin alleged that when his cousin, Mannen Clements, was jailed for the killing of two cowhands Joe and Dolph Shadden in July 1871, Hickok - at Hardin's request - arranged for his escape.
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    Hardin again met up with Hickok while on a cattle drive in August 1871.
    More Details Hide Details This time, Hickok allowed Hardin to carry his pistols into town - something he had never allowed others to do. For his part, Hardin (still using his alias) was fascinated by Wild Bill and reveled at being seen on intimate terms with such a celebrated gunfighter.
    On July 4, 1871, a Texas trail boss named William Cohron, was killed on the Cottonwood Trail (40 miles south of Abilene) by an unnamed Mexican, who "fled south" and was subsequently killed by two cowboys in a Sumner County, Kansas, restaurant on July 20.
    More Details Hide Details Hardin admitted to being involved in the shooting of the Mexican. A Texas Historical Marker notes that in the 1870s Hardin hid out in the vicinity of Pilgrim, Texas. The Bull's Head Tavern, in Abilene, had been established as a partnership between ex-lawman Ben Thompson and gambler Phil Coe. The two entrepreneurs had painted a picture of a bull with a large erect penis on the side of their establishment as an advertisement. Citizens complained to town marshal "Wild Bill" Hickok. When Thompson and Coe refused his request to remove the bull, Hickok altered it himself. Infuriated, Thompson tried to incite his new acquaintance, Hardin, by exclaiming to him: "He's a damn Yankee. Picks on Rebels, especially Texans, to kill." Hardin, then under the assumed name "Wesley Clemmons" (but better known to the townspeople by the alias "Little Arkansaw"), seemed to have had respect for Hickok, and replied, "If Bill needs killing why don't you kill him yourself?" Later that night, Hardin was confronted by Hickok, who told him to hand over his guns, which he did. Hickok had no knowledge that Hardin was a wanted man, and he advised Hardin to avoid problems while in Abilene.
    While driving cattle on the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas, in the summer of 1871, Hardin is reputed to have fought Mexican vaqueros and cattle rustlers.
    More Details Hide Details Towards the end of the drive, a Mexican herd crowded in behind Hardin's and there was some trouble keeping the two herds apart. Hardin exchanged words with the man in charge of the other herd; both men were on horseback. The Mexican fired his gun at Hardin, putting a hole through Hardin's hat. Hardin found that his own weapon, a worn out cap-and-ball pistol with a loose cylinder, would not fire. He dismounted and managed to discharge the gun by steadying the cylinder with one hand and pulling the trigger with the other. He hit the Mexican in the thigh. A truce was declared and both parties went their separate ways. However, Hardin borrowed a pistol from a friend and went looking for the Mexican, this time fatally shooting him through the head. A firefight between the rival camps ensued. Hardin claimed six vaqueros died in the exchanges (five of them reportedly shot by him) although this claim appears exaggerated—only three Mexican vaqueros were killed. Hardin also claimed to have killed two Indians in separate gunfights on the same cattle drive. The first instance was when an Indian tried to shoot an arrow at him on the South Canadian River. Hardin shot him and then had the body buried to avoid retribution from the man's tribe. The second incident, at Bluff Creek, Kansas, was when Indians wanted to collect a "tax" on the cattle; Hardin hit an Indian over the head who Hardin claimed had stolen a silver bridle from him and then forced a war party to flee after Hardin shot a second Indian who killed a beef cow.
    In January 1871, Hardin was arrested for the murder of the Waco, Texas city marshal, Laban John Hoffman.
    More Details Hide Details However he denied having committed this crime. Following his arrest, he was held temporarily in a log jail in the town of Marshall, awaiting transfer to Waco for trial. While locked up, he bought a revolver from another prisoner. Two Texas state policemen, Captain Edward T. Stakes and an officer named Jim Smalley,. were assigned to escort Hardin to Waco for trial. According to Hardin, they tied him on a horse with no saddle for the trip. While making camp along the way, Hardin escaped when Stakes went to procure fodder for the horses. He claims he was left alone with Smalley, who began to taunt and beat the then-17-year-old prisoner with the butt of a pistol. Hardin says he feigned crying and huddled against his pony's flank. Hidden by the animal, he pulled out a gun, fatally shot Smalley, and used his horse to escape. Hardin then claimed that on the run he was "arrested" by three men named Smith, Jones and Davis, but that in Bell County, Texas he killed all three with their own guns after they became drunken and careless and then escaped again.
  • 1870
    Age 16
    On January 5, 1870, Hardin was playing cards with Benjamin Bradley in Towash, Hill County, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Hardin was winning almost every hand, which angered Bradley so he threatened to "cut out his liver" if he won again. Bradley drew a knife and a six-shooter. Hardin said he was unarmed and excused himself but claims that later that night, Bradley came looking for him. Bradley allegedly fired a shot at Hardin and missed; Hardin drew both his pistols and returned fire, one shot striking Bradley in the head and the other in his chest. Dozens of people saw this fight, and from them there is a good record of how Hardin had used his guns. His holsters were sewn into his vest so that the butts of his pistols pointed inward across his chest. He crossed his arms to draw. Hardin claimed this was the fastest way to draw, and he practiced every day. A man called "Judge Moore", who held Hardin's stakes of money and a pistol, but refused to give them up without Bradley's consent, later "vanished". Hardin eventually admitted killing two men in Hill County.
  • 1868
    Age 14
    In November 1868, when he was 15, Hardin challenged his uncle Holshousen's former slave, Major "Maje" Holshousen, to a wrestling match, which Hardin won.
    More Details Hide Details According to Hardin, the following day, Maje 'ambushed' him as he rode past. Hardin drew his revolver and shot Maje five times. Hardin wrote in his autobiography that he rode to get help for the wounded man, but he died three days later. Hardin further wrote that his father did not believe he would receive a fair hearing in the Union-occupied state (where more than a third of the state police were former slaves), so his father ordered him into hiding. Hardin claimed that the authorities eventually discovered his location and three Union soldiers were sent to arrest him, at which time he "chose to confront his pursuers" despite having been warned of their approach by an older brother, Joseph: It was war to the knife for me, and I brought it on by opening the fight with a double-barreled shotgun and ended it with a cap and ball six-shooter.
  • 1867
    Age 13
    In 1867 while attending his father's school, Hardin was taunted by another student, Charles Sloter.
    More Details Hide Details Sloter accused Hardin of being the author of graffiti on the schoolhouse wall that insulted a girl in his class. Hardin denied writing the poetry, claiming in turn that Sloter was the author. Sloter charged at Hardin with a knife but Hardin stabbed him with a knife of his own, almost killing him. Hardin was nearly expelled over the incident.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1862
    Age 8
    In 1862, at age nine, Hardin tried to run away and join the Confederate army.
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  • 1861
    Age 7
    For example, Hardin wrote that he was first exposed to violence in 1861 when he saw a man named Turner Evans stabbed by John Ruff.
    More Details Hide Details Evans died of his injuries and Ruff was jailed. Hardin wrote, " Readers you see what drink and passion will do. If you wish to be successful in life, be temperate and control your passions; if you don't, ruin and death is the result."
  • 1859
    Age 5
    Hardin's father traveled over much of central Texas on his preaching circuit until he and his family settled in Sumpter in Trinity County, Texas in 1859.
    More Details Hide Details There, Joseph Hardin established and taught the school that John Hardin and his siblings attended. Hardin was the second surviving son of ten children. Later in life, Hardin wrote an autobiography – while in prison – which is the source for many stories about him. He was well known for wildly exaggerating or completely making up stories about his life, however. In a number of his stories, he claimed to have been involved in events which cannot be confirmed.
  • 1853
    Born
    Hardin was born in 1853 near Bonham, Texas, to a Methodist preacher and circuit rider, James "Gip" Hardin, and Mary Elizabeth Dixson.
    More Details Hide Details He was named after John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist denomination of the Christian church. In his autobiography, Hardin described his mother as "blond, highly cultured... while charity predominated in her disposition."
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