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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