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Jesse James black and white oval portrait

Wild West legend Jesse James was born in Centerville, Missouri on September 5, 1847. Following the Civil War, Jesse and his brother Frank formed a group of outlaws who robbed banks, stores, trains, stagecoaches. In 1882, after the governor of Missouri offered a $10,000 reward for his capture, dead or alive, a member of the gang shot 34-year-old Jesse James and claimed the reward. 


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