- About John Wesley Hardin
Full name: John Wesley Hardin
Also known as: John Wesley Hardin, Hardin, John Wesley, John Wesley Hardin, Sr.
Professions: American Old West character
Occupation: Gambling/card sharp, school teacher, cowboy, cattle rustler, lawyer
- John Wesley Hardin Known for
Very young outlaw and prolific gunfighter
- John Wesley Hardin Death information
Died: Monday, 19th of August, 1895 (Age: 42)
- John Wesley Hardin Biography
John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon of the Old West. Hardin found himself in trouble with the law at an early age, and spent the majority of his life being pursued by both local lawmen and federal troops during the Reconstruction Era. He often used the residences of family and friends to hide out from the law. Hardin is known to have had at least one encounter with the famous lawman "Wild Bill" Hickok.When he was finally captured and sent to prison in 1878, Hardin claimed to have already killed 42 men, but newspapers of the day had attributed only 27 killings to him up to that point. While in prison, Hardin wrote a factually slanted autobiography, and studied law. He was released in 1894. In August 1895, Hardin was shot to death by John Selman, Sr. in an El Paso saloon.
- John Wesley Hardin Family
Spouse: Jane Bowen, Carolyn Jane "Callie" Lewis
Parents: Mary Elizabeth Dixson, James Gibson "Gip" Hardin, Mother: Mary Elizabeth Dixson, Father: James Gibson "Gip" Hardin