MARCH 16, 1894

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p45
This is part of The Book of Texas Days, 1984, which chronicles important events and persons in the history of Texas. John Wesley Hardin was the son of a circuit-riding preacher who had named his boy after the greatest leader in the Methodist Church. John Wesley Hardin did become famous--as a cold-blooded killer who shot twenty-five to thirty men, mostly Mexicans and blacks or Yankees who did not say kind things about Texas. He spent sixteen of his forty-one years in prison, and the last time he was behind the walls at Huntsville, Hardin worked hard and learned the law. He was eventually pardoned from a twenty-five-year sentence for shooting a deputy. On March 16, 1894, Gov. Jim Hogg gave the state's most notorious killer a full pardon. He stayed out of trouble for about a year and a half, till he was shot in the back of the head as he played dice in an El Paso saloon.


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