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Lawrence Sullivan Ross - Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross 1838 – 1898 Lawrence Sullivan Ross was born September 27, 1838 at Bentonsport, Iowa Territory. In 1839 his family migrated to Texas, first settling in Milam County. By 1849 the family had settled at Waco. Sul Ross attended Baylor University at Independence, Texas and graduated from Wesleyan University, Florence, Alabama in …
Isaiah "Longhair Jim" Courtright
Timothy Isaiah Courtright, aka "Longhair Jim" or "Big Jim" Courtright (1848 -1887), lawman, outlaw & gunfighter...In 1876, he became the first elected marshal of Fort Worth, TX and had to keep peace in the notorious Hells Half Acre section, the town's wild red-light district. At that time, Fort Worth was a very dangerous place, with altercations between unruly drunks and lawmen being commonplace.
The Texas Rangers were created in 1823 to defend Texas after the Mexican War of Independence. They quickly developed a reputation for violence which isn’t surprising given that between 1858 and 1901, 30 of their members faced bloody deaths. The Ranger did manage to kill and capture big name outlaws like Sam Bass, a bank robber who was shot by George Herold.