Thursday, May 20, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - John Wesley Hardin

John Wesley Hardin, one of the "bad boys" of Texas history, was my husband's 1st cousin [4 times removed]. And as such a prominent member of the family tree, if by notoriety if nothing else!
On March 16, 1894 John Wesley Hardin was pardoned, and his restoration to full citizenship was restored.

Unfortunately for Hardin, John Selman had other ideas in mind, and on 19 Aug 1895 in the Acme Saloon, in El Paso, Texas, he shot Hardin in the back of the head as he sat playing cards.

Hardin's relatives, even to this day, defend him and state he was a product of his environment and the times. And that he claimed to "never having shot a man who didn't deserve it".

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