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James-Younger Gang

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Date: 1861 to 1881
Location: Missouri, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: James Younger
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James-Younger Gang

The James Brothers: Jesse, & Frank

The Younger Brothers: Cole, John, Bob & Jim

Northfield, MN Robbery 1876

The James and Younger brothers evaded capture longer than most outlaws, mainly because of the support they had from former Confederates. Jesse James became the public face of the gang, appealing to the public in letters to the press, they even left letters behind at robberies, claiming to be the victims of vindictive Radical Republicans. On September 7, 1876 the James-Younger Gang attempted to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. During the gun fight they killed two townspeople, and escaped but with no money. A posse was formed and the outlaws separated. The James brothers made it back to Missouri. The Younger brothers and another gang member, Charlie Pitts, were cornered; there was a gun battle and Charlie Pitts was killed. Cole, Jim, and Bob Younger were all wounded and captured. On November 18, 1876,[1] Cole, Jim and Bob Younger were sentenced to life in prison at the Minnesota State Prison, Stillwater, Minnesota. [2]

  • John Younger died March 17, 1874 in St. Clair Co., Missouri
  • Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford April 3rd, 1882 at 1318 Lafayette in St Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri.
  • Bob Younger died in prison of tuberculosis September 16, 1889
  • Jim Younger committed suicide in St Paul, Minnesota, on October 19, 1902.
  • Frank James died 18 Feb 1915 in Kearney, Clay, Missouri, United States (Excelsior Springs, MO?)
  • Cole Younger died March 21, 1916, in Lee's Summit, Missouri


  1. The Missouri Partisan Ranger - Bob, Jim & Cole Younger
  2. Google Books - The Story of Cole Younger - by Cole Younger

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