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The Life of John Wesley Hardin
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Hero or Villain? John Wesley Hardin, aka "Young Seven Up," "Little Arkansas," "Wes Clemmons" and "J. H. Swain," was a notorious outlaw and gunfighter who killed his first man at age 15 in 1868 and, according to himself, went on to kill over 40 more by the time he was sent to prison at age 25. He served 16 years of a 25 year sentence before being pardoned. While in prison he studied law and after his release managed to pass the Bar exam and took up the occupation of attorney. During the Reconstruction Era in Texas, just after the Civil War, many folks considered him a hero for standing up to the Federal Army of occupation and the State Police, many of whom were former slaves. His first victim was a black man and he went on to kill many more. Others say he was a cold-blooded murderer who killed more for personal reasons and minor disagreements than any other cause. He supposedly shot and killed a man for simply snoring too loud. He always had a reason to justify his killing. He once said, "I never killed a man who didn't need killin!'" This book contains the story of his life and escapades in his own words. Read it and judge for yourself. Originally published in 1896. This book is part of the Historical Collection of Badgley Publishing Company. This book is not an OCR'd or photocopied reproduction. It has been completely recreated from the text of the original book. Original photos and illustrations have been enhanced and other photos and illustrations have been added. The contents from the original book have not been altered except for minor spelling and grammatical errors and only then, when not in conflict with the author's original intent or portrayal. Footnotes and addendums have been made to either enhance the author's subject matter or correct the author's mistaken historical facts. Beware of other publisher's books bearing this title. Amazon has elected to include their reviews on every book of the same or similar title. Badgley Publishing Company produces only quality recreated books, not OCR'd or Photocopied reproductions with missing pages and garbled text. Low rated reviews on this book's Amazon page are reviews applying to other publisher's works.
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