John Coffee Hays
January 28, 1817
Died: April 21, 1883 (age 66)
Col. John Coffee "Jack" Hays was a Texas
Ranger captain and military officer of the Republic of Texas and the
United States armies. Hays served in several armed conflicts, including
the Indian and the Mexican-American wars.
What do you know about John
Coffee "Jack" Hays? Try this Old West History Trivia
Your Answers" at the end of the page.
1) Hays was born at Little Cedar Lick, Wilson
2) In 1836, Hays settled in Texas, and joined the
Texan army under General Thomas Rusk, who appointed him member of a
company of Texas Rangers. What year did he achieved the rank of captain?
3) Captain Hays, the Texas Rangers, and The
Republic of Texas Navy were early adopters of what revolver?
- Colt Hays Six-Shooter
- Colt Patterson No. 5 Holster Model
- Smith and Wesson No. 5 Revolver
4) He commanded the force against the invasion
from Mexico of 1842 and in the Mexican-American War (1846~1848), where
the Rangers excelled and gained a nationwide fame.
5) What did Flacco, a chief of the allied
Indian tribe of the Lipan, used to call Hays?
- "Hang'em High"
- "Never Die"
6) In 1848, after the war had ended, Hays left the
Rangers. Where did he end up settling?
- Los Angeles, California
- San Francisco, California
- Death Valley, California
7) What did he become in 1850?
- U.S. Marshall
8) When was he appointed United States surveyor
general for California?
9) In 1853, John Coffee "Jack" Hays, a
famous Texas Ranger, was one of the first to establish residence in
10) He amassed a considerable fortune with real
estate and ranching enterprises.
11) Where is John Coffee Hays buried?
- Hays County Cemetery, Kyle, Texas
- Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California
- Temple of the Lord, San Francisco, California