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Jesse James

Born: September 5, 1847, Clay County, Missouri
Died: April 3, 1882 (age 34), St. Joseph, Missouri

Jesse Woodson James was an American outlaw in the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. After his death, he became a legendary figure of the Wild West.

What do you know about Jesse James? Try this US Old West History Made Easy Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) Robert James (Jesses' father) owned six slaves; after his death, Zerelda (Jesse's mother) and Reuben Samuel acquired a total of seven slaves who raised tobacco on the farm.

  • True or false?

2) Frank and Jesse joined the bushwhacker group. Who led the group?

  • Bloody Bill Anderson
  • William J. Johnson
  • Josey Wales

3) Jesse, bed-ridden with his chest wound, was tended to by Zerelda "Zee" Mimms. She become his wife nine years later. What was her relation to Jesse?

  • Neighbor
  • First Cousin
  • Second Cousin

4) Jesse did not become famous until December 1869, when he and (most likely) Frank robbed the Daviess County Savings Association. Where was the bank?

  • Gallatin, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • St. Joseph, Missouri

5) Who did the Jesse and his brother Frank join to form the famous robbery gang?

  • Bill Owens
  • Cole Younger
  • Frank Wesley

6) Who did the Adams Express Company hire to go after Jesse and his fellow robbers?

  • John Adams
  • Allan Pinkerton
  • Butch Cassidy

7) On September 7, 1876, the Jesse, Frank and his gang gang attempted their most daring raid to date, on the First National Bank. Where was the bank?

  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma (Indian Territory)
  • Northfield, Minnesota

8) Jesse and his wife had four children. How many survived to adulthood.

  • 2
  • 4
  • 6

9) Who shot Jesse James in the back at his home in St. Joseph, Missouri

  • Allan Pinkerton
  • Robert Ford
  • Walter Chrysler

10. Where is Jesse James buried?

  • Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, Missouri
  • Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, California
  • Heaven's Gate Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri

Jesse James
[Answers]

  1. True
  2. Bloody Bill Anderson
  3. First Cousin
  4. Gallatin, Missouri
  5. Cole Younger
  6. Allan Pinkerton
  7. Northfield, Minnesota
  8. 2
  9. Robert Ford
  10. Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, Missouri

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