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Tragic Jack: The True Story of Arizona Pioneer John William Swilling
     

Tragic Jack: The True Story of Arizona Pioneer John William Swilling

by R. Michael Wilson
 

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John William "Jack" Swilling, who established and later named the city of Phoenix, led an impressive and complex life as a scout, farmer, prospector, rancher, and entrepreneur. He fought in the war with Mexico, founded the Swilling Irrigation Canal Company, owned a number of mines, and captured Indian Chief Mangas Colorados to make New Mexico a safer place.

But Jack

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John William "Jack" Swilling, who established and later named the city of Phoenix, led an impressive and complex life as a scout, farmer, prospector, rancher, and entrepreneur. He fought in the war with Mexico, founded the Swilling Irrigation Canal Company, owned a number of mines, and captured Indian Chief Mangas Colorados to make New Mexico a safer place.

But Jack Swilling also had a dark side. He was addicted to opiate painkillers and alcohol and was accused of killing a dozen or so men-and even blamed for scalping one. Yet despite his many transgressions, he landed in jail for one he didn't commit.

Falsely accused of a stagecoach robbery, Swilling languished in the Yuma County jail until he died a horrible death, just three weeks before the true guilty party was captured. He was buried in an unmarked grave and largely forgotten-until now. In Tragic Jack, biographer and historian R. Michael Wilson tells the true story of this fascinating American pioneer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762741519
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.33(d)

Meet the Author

R. Michael Wilson has been researching the Old West for fifteen years, following a quarter century as a law enforcement officer. His particular interest is crime, and none are more thrilling than stagecoach robberies. He has published one book on the subject in Arizona, and four more on other aspects of crime on the frontier. His research philosophy is "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

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