John Selman, Gunfighter

John Selman, Gunfighter

by Leon Claire Metz
     
 

"Selman was a typical frontier character. He grew up on the edge of civilization; fought with (and deserted) the Confederacy, became the leader of a hard-case gang in New Mexico during Lincoln County War days, and ended his career as a more-or-less respectable policeman in El Paso. He secured for himself a place in frontier history by killing John Wesley Hardin in the…  See more details below

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"Selman was a typical frontier character. He grew up on the edge of civilization; fought with (and deserted) the Confederacy, became the leader of a hard-case gang in New Mexico during Lincoln County War days, and ended his career as a more-or-less respectable policeman in El Paso. He secured for himself a place in frontier history by killing John Wesley Hardin in the Acme Saloon on August 19, 1895. Eight months later, on April 5, 1896, be himself was shot and killed in an El Paso alley. Metz gathers up the scattered pieces of the Selman saga with extraordinary skill and puts them together in a well-told narrative."-Journal of Arizona History

"This book goes much further than a discussion of the Hardin affair. It shows both sides of John Selman in an unbiased, factual way and describes a good many other interesting anecdotes in the life of Selman from his Civil War service to his escapades in Texas and New Mexico. While he did serve at times in various capacities as an officer of the law, his life story leaves little doubt in the mind's eye that here was basically a cold-blooded, vicious sociopath. . . . John Selman, before he, too, was gunned down, bad outlived all of the other gunslingers of the Old West and his passing really noted the passing of an era."-Annals of Wyoming

"This is quite a book about one of the West's most infamous gunmen, about whom very little bas been written. Mr. Metz has done a workmanlike job. His research was extensive and there are thirty-six pages of notes, a bibliography, and records of personal interviews."-Denver Westerners' Roundup

Leon Claire Metz, a biographer and historian of the early Southwest, lives in El Paso, Texas. He is also the author of Pat Garrett: Story of a Western Lawman and Dallas Stoudenmire: El Paso Marshal, both published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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The biography of a Southwestern gunfighter best remembered for having killed John Wesley Hardin, reprinted from the second edition of 1980. With a new 2 pp. preface by the author, and 37 historical illustrations of great interest. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Selman was a typical frontier character. He grew up on the edge of civilization; fought with (and deserted) the Confederacy, became the leader of a hard-case gang in New Mexico during Lincoln County War days, and ended his career as a more-or-less respectable policeman in El Paso. He secured for himself a place in frontier history by killing John Wesley Hardin in the Acme Saloon on August 19, 1895. Eight months later, on April 5, 1896, be himself was shot and killed in an El Paso alley. Metz gathers up the scattered pieces of the Selman saga with extraordinary skill and puts them together in a well-told narrative.”—Journal of Arizona History

“This book goes much further than a discussion of the Hardin affair. It shows both sides of John Selman in an unbiased, factual way and describes a good many other interesting anecdotes in the life of Selman from his Civil War service to his escapades in Texas and New Mexico. While he did serve at times in various capacities as an officer of the law, his life story leaves little doubt in the mind's eye that here was basically a cold-blooded, vicious sociopath. . . . John Selman, before he, too, was gunned down, bad outlived all of the other gunslingers of the Old West and his passing really noted the passing of an era."—Annals of Wyoming

"This is quite a book about one of the West's most infamous gunmen, about whom very little bas been written. Mr. Metz has done a workmanlike job. His research was extensive and there are thirty-six pages of notes, a bibliography, and records of personal interviews."Denver Westerners' Roundup

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806115573
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
05/01/1989
Pages:
254

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Leon Claire Metz, a biographer and historian of the early Southwest, lives in El Paso, Texas. He is also the author of Pat Garrett: Story of a Western Lawman and Dallas Stoudenmire: El Paso Marshal, both published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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