Captain J. A. Brooks, Texas Ranger

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James Abijah Brooks (1855-1944) was one of the four Great Captains in Texas Ranger history, others including Bill McDonald, John Hughes, and John Rogers. Born and raised in Civil War-torn Kentucky, a reckless adventurer on the American and Texas frontier, and a quick-draw Texas Ranger captain who later turned in his six-shooter to serve as a county judge, Brooks embodied the raucous era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American West.

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Overview

James Abijah Brooks (1855-1944) was one of the four Great Captains in Texas Ranger history, others including Bill McDonald, John Hughes, and John Rogers. Born and raised in Civil War-torn Kentucky, a reckless adventurer on the American and Texas frontier, and a quick-draw Texas Ranger captain who later turned in his six-shooter to serve as a county judge, Brooks embodied the raucous era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American West.

As a Texas Ranger, Brooks participated in the high profile events of his day, from the fence-cutting wars to the El Paso prizefight, from the Conner Fight-where he lost three fingers from his left hand-to the Temple rail strike, all with a resolute demeanor and a fast gun. A shoot-out in Indian Territory nearly cost him his life and then jeopardized his career, and a lifelong bout with old Kentucky bourbon did the same. With three other distinguished Ranger captains, Brooks witnessed and helped promote the transformation of the elite Frontier Battalion into the Ranger Force. As a state legislator, he brokered the creation of a South Texas county that bears his name today, and where he served for twenty-eight years as county judge. He was the quintessential enforcer of frontier justice, scars and all.

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Spellman is an exceptional storyteller. His excellent book will be a major contribution specifically to Ranger history and to Texas history in general. (Donaly Brice, Texas State Archives)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574412277
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Frances B. Vick Series , #3
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,009,653
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL N. SPELLMAN teaches Texas and American history at Wharton Junior College. He is a native Texan and descendant of the Old Three Hundred family of Zadock and Minerva Cottle Woods. Spellman has authored five books, including Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger, Race to Velasco, and Spindletop Boom Days. He lives in Richmond, Texas.
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    Historical facts told in an excellent story that makes putting t

    Historical facts told in an excellent story that makes putting the book down impossible. This and his book about Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger are must reads for anyone wanting the true feel of this great period in Texas history.


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