Robert Newton Ford
January 31, 1862
|Died||June 8, 1892 (aged 30)|
|Occupation||Outlaw; Saloon owner|
|Known for||The assassination of Jesse James|
|Parent(s)||James Thomas and Mary Bruin Ford|
Robert Newton "Bob" Ford (January 31, 1862 – June 8, 1892) was an American outlaw. He is best known for shooting his gang leader Jesse James in the back of the head and killing him. Ford shot James because Missouri governor Thomas T. Crittenden placed a $10,000 bounty on James.
Death[change | change source]
On June 8, 1892, while Ford was drinking in his tent saloon, Edward Capehart O'Kelley entered with a shotgun. O'Kelley said "Hello, Bob." and when Ford turned around O'Kelley fired both barrels which killed Ford instantly. "The man who shot Jesse James" was inscribed on his grave marker.
References[change | change source]
- "The man who killed Jesse James, Descendant of Robert Ford visits the area bringing answers about the past". Richmond Daily News. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2013-06-23.