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ANCESTRY ANTHOLOGY: TEXAS STATE HISTORY ASSOCIATION: TEXAS DAY BY DAY: AUGUST 19-JOHN WESEY HARDIN

Originally posted by tsmithjohnson at ANCESTRY ANTHOLOGY: TEXAS STATE HISTORY ASSOCIATION: TEXAS DAY BY DAY: AUGUST 19-JOHN WESEY HARDIN


John Selman kills John Wesley Hardin

+On this day in 1895, Constable John Selman

killed the notorious John Wesley Hardinat El Paso's Acme Saloon.


Hardin was born in 1853 in Bonham and revealed a violent personality at an early age. In 1867 he stabbed another youth in a schoolyard squabble, and at age fifteen he shot and killed a black man during an argument. In the fall of 1868 he claimed to have killed three Union soldiers, and within a year another soldier. He killed at least ten others as he made his way up the Chisholm Trail,


and then four more upon returning to Gonzales County.


After Texas Rangers
captured him in Pensacola, Florida,  in 1877, he was tried for murder, convicted, and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison.


While in prison he studied law, and after being pardoned in 1894 he was admitted to the bar

UN and practiced law in Gonzales County and then in

El Paso. In the latter city he took as a lover the wife of one of his clients, and when the husband

found out about the affair, Hardin hired a number of law officials to kill him. Selman, an Arkansas

native born in 1839, was one of the hired killers, and may have killed Hardin because Hardin had

not paid him. Selman was tried for Hardin's murder but released when the trial ended in a hung

jury; he died, aptly enough, in a gunfight with George Scarborough in 1896.

in 1896


Hardin and Selman are both buried in El Paso's Concordia Cemetery.




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