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    Texas Gunman John Wesley Hardin Signed Document (1853-1895) Desperado, killer of at least 21 people. Born in Bonham, Texas, the young Hardin became a gambler and a gunman. He was able, by his shooting skill and the help of friends, to escape capture until 1877, when he was sentenced to 25 years for killing a sheriff. He studied law in prison and, pardoned in 1894, began practice in El Paso. Despite efforts to lead a decent life, he was soon in trouble. He took as his lover the wife of one of his clients, Martin Morose, and when Morose found out about the affair, Hardin hired a number of law officials to assassinate him. On August 19, 1895, Constable John Selman, one of the hired killers, shot Hardin in the Acme Saloon, possibly because he was not paid for the murder of Morose. Here is a document signed, "J. W. Hardin," both sides of one page, 8" x 12", no date. Cattle brand registry showing several dozen brands, the ages of the steer branded with the owners signature adjacent to each entry. Neatly signed in black ink by Hardin. Document is also signed ten times by his uncle, M. Clements, and twice by famed cattleman Joseph McCoy. In very good condition, with several horizontal folds, glue remnants to left and top edge and some scattered light toning and soiling. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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