Friday, November 30, 2018

23 Vintage Photos of Outlaw Jesse James From the Late 19th Century

Jesse James was a bank and train robber in the American Old West, best known as the leading member of the James-Younger gang of outlaws.

A teenager when he rode off to join Confederate guerrillas in 1864, Jesse James never really stopped fighting the Civil War. Unable to accept the defeat of the secessionist cause, Jesse trained his fury on banks, trains and stagecoaches.

He fancied himself a modern Robin Hood, robbing from Radical Republicans and giving to the poor. But the myth hid the darker reality of a repeat murderer whose need for attention kept him committing crimes long after the cause he championed was gone.

Below are some rare photos of Jesse James, also known as Jesse Woodson James, from a kid to his dead.

Jesse, around age seven, with his five year old sister, Susan, 1854

Jesse Woodson James is on the far left next to his parents Orpha Elizabeth and William M James.

Jesse James, Platte City, Missouri, July 10, 1864

Jesse James and his closest friend during the Civil War, Little Archie Clements, ca. 1864-65

Jesse James, Nashville, Tennessee, 1866

Jesse James, the second from the right

Jesse James, San Francisco, California, 1867

Jesse (right), Frank James (middle), and Fletch Taylor, Nashville, Tenessee, June of 1867

Jesse James, the third from the left, and the lady to his left is Zee Mimms, his cousin and future wife, Octorber 1868

Jesse James, Greenville, Illinois, 1869

Outlaw Jesse James

Frank and Jesse James

Jesse James, the second from the left

Jesse James, his wife Zerelda Mimms, and his daughter

Jesse James and Cadwell Chiles

Jesse James, Long Branch, New Jersey, 1871

Jesse and Frank James, Carolina, Illinois, 1872

Jesse James, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1874

Outlaw Jesse James, Nebraska City, 1875

Jesse James, 1876

Jesse (left) and Frank, ca. 1875-76

Jesse James with Frank James and other members of the James Gang, Nashville, Tennessee in 1880

Jesse James in his coffin, 1882

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