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 John Coffee “Captain Jack” Hays

John Coffee “Captain Jack” Hays

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Death 21 Apr 1883 (aged 66)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Memorial ID 5986 · View Source
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Western Lawman. Born John Coffee Hays at Cedar Lick, Tennessee, he moved to Texas in 1836, joined a Ranger company and was appointed a Captain of Texas Rangers in 1840. His Ranger companies were well known for skirmishes with outlaws, hostile Indian tribes and Mexican troops. During Mexican War, as Colonel he commanded the 1st Regiment, Texas Mounted Riflemen, he scouted for the US Army and took part in the Battle of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1846. After the war, he followed the gold rush to California and was elected the first Sheriff of San Francisco in 1850. In 1853, he was appointed US Surveyor General of California and was one of the developers of Oakland, the city he died in. He is also a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 26 Jul 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5986
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Coffee “Captain Jack” Hays (28 Jan 1817–21 Apr 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5986, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .