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Jesse James

Outlaw Jesse James

Full Name: Jesse Woodson James
Profession: Outlaw

United States of America

Biography: A former confederate guerrilla during the US Civil war, Jesse James became a famous outlaw and bandit notorious for robbing banks and trains.

With his brother Frank, he was leader of the James–Younger Gang, they formed with associates. Incredibly he evaded capture for more than 15 years.

Born: September 5, 1847
Birthplace: Kearney, Missouri, USA
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: April 3, 1882 (aged 34)
Cause of Death: Shot in the back of the head by fellow gang member Robert Ford for the reward money.

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Married Life

  • 1874-04-24 Outlaw Jesse James marries cousin Zerelda 'Zee' Mimms

Historical Events

  • 1864-09-27 Jesse James' gang surprise attack train: 150 killed
  • 1866-02-13 Jesse James holds up his first bank, stealing $15,000 from the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri
  • 1866-10-30 Jesse James' gang robs bank in Lexington, Missouri ($2000)
  • 1867-03-02 Jesse James' gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 killed
  • 1867-05-23 Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)
  • 1868-03-20 Jesse James Gang robs a bank in Russellville, Kentucky, of $14,000
  • 1868-12-07 Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1
  • 1871-06-03 Jesse James & his gang robs Obocock Bank (Corydon Iowa), of $15,000
  • 1871-07-03 Jesse James robs a bank of $45,000 in Corydon, Iowa
  • 1872-04-12 Jesse James' gang robs a bank of $1,500 in Columbia, Kentucky, 1 dead
  • 1873-07-21 Jesse James and James Younger gang's 1st train robbery at Adair, Iowa
  • 1874-01-31 Jesse James gang robs a train at Gads Hill, Missouri
  • 1874-12-08 Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie Kansas
  • 1875-07-07 Jesse James robs train in Otterville, Missouri
  • 1882-04-03 American outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back of the head and killed by fellow gang member Robert Ford at home in St. Joseph, Missouri

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