Life of Pat F. Garrett and the Taming of the Border Outlaw: A History of the

Life of Pat F. Garrett and the Taming of the Border Outlaw: A History of the "Gun Men" And Outlaws, and a Life-Story of the Greatest Sheriff of the Old Southwest

by John Milton Scanland

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Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett (1850-1908) was an American Old West lawman, bartender and customs agent who became renowned for killing Billy the Kid. He was the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico as well as Doña Ana County, New Mexico.

Life of Pat F. Garrett and the Taming of the Boarder Outlaw tells the story of the sheriff who pursued and killed Billy the Kid. Authored by John Milton Scanland, a newspaperman who knew both Pat F. Garrett and New Mexico well, the book was written shortly after Pat F. Garrett’s own slaying in 1908.

A thrilling read, no collection of Western Outlaw material is complete without it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789127812
Publisher: Borodino Books
Publication date: 12/02/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 74
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

John Milton Scanland was born in Mississippi around 1843. Orphaned at a young age, he began his career at the Caddo Gazette in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he and his, brother William Henry Scanland, who later rose to prominence as editor of the Bossier Banner, worked as apprentices. After serving in the Confederate army, Scanland edited the Bienville Messenger in Sparta, a small town near Shreveport, and by 1867 he was editor of the Natchitoches Spectator.

Scanland eventually found his way to California, where in the 1880s he edited the Ojai Valley View and the Santa Paula Graphic. Later he wrote articles, mostly on western topics, for various newspapers, including the L.A. Times, which hailed him as “a pioneer California journalist” when he died in 1935.

In 1908, in El Paso, Texas, Scanland published a biography of another western lawman only slightly less famous than Wyatt Earp—Pat Garrett, the New Mexican sheriff who killed Billy the Kid. Garrett, incidentally, had grown up on a plantation not far from Shreveport.

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