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Frank Hamer
Original name: Francis Augustus Hamer
Birth: Mar. 17, 1884
Fairview
Wilson County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 10, 1955

Western Lawman. Born in Fairview, Texas, he was working as a wrangler on ranch when he helped the local sheriff capture a horse thief in 1905. He joined the Texas Rangers in 1906, patrolled the border in south Texas, resigned become the City Marshal of Navasota, Texas in 1908 and became a special officer in Harris County in 1911. In 1915, he rejoined the Rangers patrolling the Texas border dealing with arms smugglers, bootleggers and bandits throughout the area. He was promoted Captain in 1921, was instrumental in to bring order to the oil boom towns and also tracked down outlaws to collect the Bankers' $5,000 reward for every dead bank robber. He retired from the Rangers in 1932, but retained a special Ranger commission. In 1934, he was hired as a Special Investigator for the Texas prison system to track down gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Hamer with Texas and Louisiana law enforcement officers killed the criminals near Gibsland, Louisiana that same year. He retired from Ranger duty again in 1949 and resided in Austin, Texas until his death. He is also a member of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Gladys Johnson Hamer (1890 - 1976)*
 
 Children:
  Billy Beckham Hamer (1921 - 1945)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Captain Texas Rangers
 
Note: Cause of death: Congestive heart failure.
 
Burial:
Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 30.32825, -97.74984
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 2366
Frank Hamer
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Frank,you were and still are missed in Texas LE to this day ! You were the best and what the Rangers use as standard ! B&C were murdering scum and would had continued. You and Oakley's crew made sure they wouldn't ! RIP !
- Yancey Fryer
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014

- elaine bailey
 Added: Jul. 10, 2014
You were a big shot. Killing Bonnie & Clyde without a trial. I know what they did was very bad, but you wanted it all for yourself, & killing someone is a SIN, but karma comes to those who sin. Just like Clyde killed people, his brother died...& you k...(Read more)
-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 20, 2014
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