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 John Henry Selman

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John Henry Selman

Folk Figure. 'Old John' Selman was an American frontier character who spent time on both sides of the law. He was an outlaw in the John Larn gang in Shackelford County, Texas, barely escaping with his life after Larn was dispatched by vigilantes. Old John later served as a city constable in El Paso, Texas, where he killed two notorious gunmen, Bass Outlaw (yes, that was his real name) and the deadliest killer in Texas history, John Wesley Hardin. Proving the adage that he who lives by the sword (or the six shooter) will die by the same, Old John was shot and killed by George Scarborough in El Paso. He is buried near his famous victim, Wes Hardin.

Bio by: George Bacon


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: George Bacon
  • Added: 18 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7998036
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Henry Selman (10 Nov 1839–6 Apr 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7998036, citing Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .