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An outlaw of the nineteenth century. Jesse, his brother Frank, and their gang committed many daring robberies of banks and trains, especially in the 1870s. After a reward had been offered for James's capture, one of his own gang shot him in the back and collected the money.

Note: Jesse James is the subject of many folk legends and songs.
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