Cole Younger

Cole YoungerCole Younger was an American outlaw. He robbed banks and trains in association with Jesse and Frank James in the post-Civil war period. His father was a noble merchant. He turned against the Union forces after the death of his father as his father was killed by a Union Soldier from Kansas. He actively got involved in fierce raids during the Civil War. Cole Younger was finally captured while attempting a bank robbery in 1876. He received parole in 1901. He wrote a memoir and presented himself as a Confederate retaliator.  Later he started touring to impart lectures. 
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Born: January 15, 1844, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Occupation: C.S.A. Captain, C.S.A. Army Recruiter, Bank & Train Robber
Full Name: Thomas Coleman “Cole” Younger
Died: March 21, 1916, Lee's Summit, Missouri, United States
Buried: Lee's Summit Historical Cemetery, Lee's Summit, Missouri, United States
Siblings: Jim Younger
Parents: Henry Washington Younger, Bersheba Leighton Fristoe
Autobiography: The Story of Cole Younger

They had scarcely established themselves, however, before another company of Jackson county citizens, chiefly from around Independence, organized to drive them off.

The people of western Missouri are, in some respects, very peculiar. We will take Jackson county where I was born for instance. In that section the people seemed to be born fighters, the instinct being inherited from a long line of ancestors.

Joe Smith and Brigham Young laid out Independence, but very soon thereafter enough citizens of the county collected to drive them off, after several stubborn fights.

I want it understood that all these men fought for principle, not for plunder, and that they were true-hearted, honorable soldiers, fighting for what they esteemed was a righteous cause.

Jim and I are still receiving surgical attention, and will be the remainder of our lives.

I will say that since our capture we have met with uniform kindness, and while in the penitentiary our relations with the officers have been cordially pleasant, and for their considerate and kind disposition we feel profoundly grateful.

I occupy much of my time in theological studies for which I have a natural inclination.

I never, in all my life, had anything whatever to do with robbing any bank in the state of Missouri.

I have been wounded altogether twenty times; eleven of these wounds were received at Northfield.


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