Outlaw John Wesley Hardin, Clipped Signature
Hardin, J.W. (1853-1895). Western Outlaw. Clipped signature, 4.5 x 3 in., with inked note dated Dec. 2012, in which a former owner states that the autograph was received from her mother, a direct relative of Lillian Dixon, whose grandfather was John Wesley Hardin.
In the days when the West was wild and unruly, outlaws often became subject of folktales and lore. John Wesley Hardin was one of those characters. Hardin was one of the bloodiest killers in Texas, accumulating a list of 27 or 42 victims. He served 14 years in prison for his crimes. While incarcerated, he studied the law instead of breaking it. After his release an outlaw-turned lawman, John Selman, shot him in the head while Hardin played dice at the Acme saloon, ending the life of the legend.
Toning of the paper and some fading of the ink.