Jesse James Fact Sheet: Who was Jesse James? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Jesse James.
Jesse James Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1847 - 1882 *** Full Name: Jesse Woodson James *** Occupation: American Outlaw, Bank and Train Robber, Guerrilla Gang Leader and Murderer *** Date of Birth: Jesse James was born on September 5th 1847 *** Place of Birth: Jesse James was born in Kearney, Missouri, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Robert S. James and was a hemp farmer and a minister in the Baptist church and his mother was Zerelda Elizabeth Cole *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with two siblings, an older brother Alexander Franklin and a younger sister, Susan Lavenia *** Education: Jesse James was unlikely to have received an education ***
Jesse James Fact 1: Jesse
James was born on September 5th 1847
and during the 19th century period
in history when slavery would
largely become abolished during this
century with salve revolts in
Britain, Haiti and France. In
particular in America the Civil War
of 1861 to 1864 saw the abolition of
slavery and in England the Slavery
Abolition Act saw the British Royal
Navy put an end to the global slave
Jesse James Fact 8: His brother Frank would later identify Jesse as a member of the gang that had shot Major Johnson.
Jesse James Fact 9: The family were forced to move from Clay County as a result of the boys activities but they only moved in nearby Nebraska.
Jesse James Fact 10: After Bloody Bill Anderson, the gang leader, died the brothers went their separate ways, frank headed for Kentucky while Jesse when with Archie Clement, who was one of Andersonís lieutenants and headed for Texas although he would make a return to Missouri.
Jesse James Fact 11: While
try to surrender to a Union cavalry
patrol not far from Lexington, Jesse
again found himself wounded in the
chest in the second life threatening
injury he sustained.
Jesse James Fact 15: It would not be until December 1869 that Jesse really made a name for himself when he and his brother robbed the Daviess County Savings Association in Gallatin, Missouri. It is said Jesse shot and killed a cashier. Jesse made the newspaper for the killing of John W Sheets.
Jesse James Fact 16: It was at this stage that a reward would be offered for Jesse and he would be publicly acknowledged as an outlaw.
Jesse James Fact 17: By 1873 they had turned to robbing trains and utilized Ku Klux Klan masks. This would lead to his likeness to Robin Hood as he mainly targeted the safes on board and not passengers.
Jesse James Fact 18: In 1874 the Pinkertonís were hired to deal with the James gang and eventually the founder, Allan Pinkerton would also get involved in tracking down Jesse James.
Jesse James Fact 19: In September 1876 the gang made an attempt to rob the First National Bank of Northfield in Minnesota with only Jesse and Frank escaping with their lives.
Jesse James Fact 20: By 1879 the James gang was active in Mississippi followed by Louisiana. By 1881 they made a return to Missouri where they both felt safer. Jesse and his family set up home in St Joseph, Missouri near his childhood home with the intention of giving up the life of crime and Frank headed for Virginia.
Jesse James Fact 21: With plans to settle down Jesse asked Charley and Robert Ford to move in with him and his family for protection, believing he could trust these men. Unbeknownst to him, Robert Ford was already negotiating with the governor of Missouri, Thomas T Crittenden for the capture of the outlaws.
Jesse James Fact 22: His suspicions would become aroused when he read of something that the Ford brothers should have mentioned regarding another gang members confession. Having realized something was not right, Jesse placed his weapons on a table and instead of confronting the brothers, notice dust on a picture frame and moved to remove it.
Jesse James Fact 23: As he
did this Robert Ford took aim and
shot him in the back of the head. He
was later identified by previous
healed wounds. Jesse James was
killed on April 3rd 1882 in his own
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