Frank Hamer

Frank Hamer

Original Name Francis Augustus Hamer
Fairview, Wilson County, Texas, USA
Death 10 Jul 1955 (aged 71)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 2366 · View Source
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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 to 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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Gravesite Details Cause of death: Congestive heart failure.



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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Hamer (17 Mar 1884–10 Jul 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2366, citing Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .