Jesse James: A Brief Biography

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Jesse James was born on September 5, 1847 in Clay County, Missouri. He is known for being a famous member of the James-Younger Gang. His father Robert J. James was a hemp farmer and Baptist minister in Kentucky but then moved to Missouri and helped found Liberty College in Liberty, Missouri, then moved to California during the Gold Rush but then died, when Jesse was 3-years old. His mother then remarried, divorced, then remarried. He had 2 siblings, Alexander Frank James and Susan Lavenia James. During the Civil War, he and his brother were working as recruiters for the Confederacy. There boss, William C. Quantrill, lost his arm because of a shotgun blast. After the war, Missouri was split into three parts, the radical Unionists, proslavery Unionists, and…show more content…
He had 2 siblings, Alexander Frank James and Susan Lavenia James. During the Civil War, he and his brother were working as recruiters for the Confederacy. There boss, William C. Quantrill, lost his arm because of a shotgun blast. After the war, Missouri was split into three parts, the radical Unionists, proslavery Unionists, and secessionists. Each day violence broke out and many were injured and killed. Jesse James was shot in the chest and went to his cousin Zerelda Mimms, took care of his wound and they fell in love and then got married. In order for Jesse to feel safe, he started a gang with his brother, the James-Younger gang, which had many members. There enemy was the Clements gang. Because many members of the James-Younger gang were soldiers during the Civil War, they had experience in arms. They were able to kill of many members of the Clements gang. The remaining member’s were always trying to recruit more members, but people were scared that they would die because of the James-Younger Gang. The James-Younger gang was feared amongst everyone. After there rivalry with the James-Younger Gang, they committed bank robberies, robbed people and so

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