Western outlaw; together with his brothers committed numerous robberies and murders throughout the frontier.
Autograph Note Signed, Jim, one page, octavo, Minnesota State Prison, [Oct. 1899], To Carano. “This might be of service to you some day – by way of identification in a strange place.” A fine example.
Following the Civil War, Jim Younger returned to the family farm in Missouri and joined with his brothers Cole and John, and the James brothers, Frank and Jesse, in a life of crime. During his ten-year crime spree, he was credited with numerous gunfights and bank robberies, but his final and disastrous escapade occurred on September 7, 1876 in Northfield, Minnesota, at the First National Bank. Jim was positioned on the bridge leading to town when the shooting began. He rode into the fighting, a pistol in each hand, and helped the members of his gang fight their way out of town, leaving two dead behind him. With the area swarming with posses, the James brothers and the Younger brothers split up. For two weeks the brothers attempted to ignore wounds and hunger in their attempt to escape, but finally surrendered on September 21. Jim had been wounded five times, including by a bullet which shattered his jaw, allowing him to eat only liquids. Jim Younger’s brother Bob died in prison, but he and Cole were paroled after serving long prison sentences.