John Wesley Hardin, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


John Wesley Hardin

American Old West character

Date of Birth: 26-May-1853

Place of Birth: Bonham, Texas, United States

Date of Death: 19-Aug-1895

Profession: lawyer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About John Wesley Hardin

  • John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American Old West outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon.
  • The son of a Methodist preacher, Hardin got into trouble with the law from an early age.
  • He killed his first man at age 15; he claimed it was in self-defense. Pursued by lawmen for most of his life, he was sentenced in 1877 at age 23 to 24 years in prison for murder.
  • When he was sentenced, Hardin claimed to have killed 42 men but contemporary newspaper accounts attributed only 27 deaths to him.
  • While in prison, Hardin studied law and wrote an autobiography.
  • He was well known for wildly exaggerating or completely making up stories about his life.
  • He claimed credit for many murders that cannot be corroborated.Within a year of his release in 1894, Hardin was killed by John Selman in an El Paso saloon.

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