Old West Lawmen List – H

Lawman Summaries (name begins with) A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

Wiley G. Haines (1860-1928) – Undersheriff, County P, Oklahoma Territory; U.S. Deputy Marshal, Oklahoma Territory; Chief, Osage Indian Police.

Jesse Lee “Red” Hall (1849-1911) – Born in Lexington, North Carolina on October 9, 1849, Hall headed westward as a young man and was living in Texas in 1869 where he began to work as a lawman, serving as a deputy sheriff in Denison and city marshal in Sherman. Later he also joined the Texas Rangers under Captain L.H. McNelly. Serving from August, 1876 to February, 1880, he became a second lieutenant of the Special Force of the Texas Rangers and earned a sterling reputation as a strong ranger. Later he made a captain and helped to break up the Sutton-Taylor Feud and was instrumental in the arrest of John King Fisher. After leaving the Texas Rangers, Hall married, sired five daughters and became a ranch manager. He also served as an Indian Agent for the Anadarko tribe. During the Spanish American War, he raised two companies of volunteers and also served i the Philippines as a leader of the Macabebe Scouts until he left the military service in October, 1900. Hall died on March 17, 1911 and was buried at the National Cemetery at San Antonio, Texas.

Dee Harkey (1866-1948) – Cowboy, lawman, rancher, and gunfighter, Harkey was born in Richland Springs, Texas on March 27, 1866. One of eight children, he was orphaned at the age of three and raised by an older brother. During his youth, he was witness to much violence including Indian attacks and three of his brothers were killed in gunfights. Harkey first began to make his way as a farmhand and a cowboy, but at the age of 16, became a deputy under his brother, Joe, who had been elected sheriff of San Saba County, Texas. Four years later, Harkey married and established a farm in Bee County, Texas. There, he got into a conflict with a neighbor named George Young and when the dispute escalated to a knife fight, Harkey killed him. In 1890, Harkey moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico and was soon made a U.S. Deputy Marshal. Over the years, Harkey served as a lawman in New Mexico, holding a variety of positions, including town marshal and Cattle Inspector. After he retired, he ranched in Eddy County until he died in his eighties.

James Harris – A gunman and former lawman, he was killed while dueling Bob Majors at Santa Cruz, California in the 1880s.

Caleb “Loss” Lawson Hart (1862-1934) – Born in Park County, Texas in 1862, Hart grew up to serve eleven years as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory. During this time, he killed the notorious  Bill Dalton near Elk, Oklahoma. Two years later he moved to McGee, Oklahoma, where he worked in merchandising. During this time he barely surived a smallpox attack. He died on January 31, 1934 and was buried in McGee.

John Coffee “Jack” Hays (1817-1883) – A captain of the Texas Rangers, Hays fought in the Indian and the Mexican-American wars.

Jack Helm (??-1873) – Texas cowboy, Confederate soldier, gunfighter, and lawman, Helm was said to have once killed a black man for whistling a Yankee song during the Civil War. At wars end, he worked for cattle baron, Abel Head “Shanghai” Pierce, but became a captain in the Texas State Police in 1869, tasked with aiding the Union forces in Reconstruction. In this capacity, he soon got caught up in the Sutton-Taylor Feud in DeWitt County and began attacking members of the Taylor Faction. In the summer of 1869, Helm and his men carried on a reign of terror in Bee, San Patricio, Wilson, DeWitt, and Goliad counties to such a degree that the Galveston News reported that they had killed 21 persons in two months, but handed over just 10 men to civil authorities. Helm continued to ambush and kill until a public outcry caused him to be discharged from the State Police in December, 1870. However, he continued to serve as the Sheriff of DeWitt County, killing more members of the Taylor Faction. Helm later moved to Albuquerque, Texas, but was tracked down by Jim Taylor and John Wesley Hardin and killed in July, 1873.

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok (1837-1876) –  Marshal in Abilene and Hays City, Kansas. Better known as a gunfighter. Killed by Jack McCall in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876.

James Hicks – See Tom Horn

Fred R. Higgins – Commissioned as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Arizona in the 1890’s, Higgens, along with seven other posse men set out after the Black Jack Christian Gang, who had attempted to rob the International Bank of Nogales, Arizona on August 6, 1896. When the lawmen came upon their hideout in the San Simon Valley, a gunfight erupted and splinters were showered into Higgins face. However, the lawman persevered, returned the fire, and killed outlaw Bob Hays. However, Black Jack Christian and two other outlaws escaped. Still on their tail the following April, they tracked the fugitives to a cave near Clifton, Arizona and yet another gunfight erupted. Christian was killed, but two others were able to flee. After the turn of the century, Higgins became the sheriff of Chaves County, New Mexico.

George W. Hindman (18??-1878)  – Originally from Texas, where he worked as a cowboy, Hindman made his way to New Mexico in 1875. There, he hired on at a ranch owned by Robert Casey in Lincoln County. A few years later, he took a position as a deputy under Sheriff William Brady, just before the onset of the notorious Lincoln County War. On February 18, 1878, he rode in the posse that killed John Tunstall, which ignited the bloody feud. Some six weeks later, on April 1, 1878, while Sheriff Brady and Hindman wer walking down Lincoln’s main street, they were ambushed by Billy the Kid and some of his cohorts. Both lawmen were killed.

Edward O. Hogue (1847-1877) – Born in France in 1847, Hogue immigrated to the United States and in 1872, he became a policeman in Ellsworth, Kansas and later served as city marshal. When the police force was terminated over the Whitney-Thompson affair, Hogue was left to make arrests on his own. However, in 1873, he lost the election for sheriff. Two years later he was working as a deputy sheriff at Dodge City, Kansas. After wards he made his way to Wyoming, where he died at the age of 30.

John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1851-1887) – Deputized by Virgil Earp in Tombstone, Arizona to help in stopping the crimes of the Clanton Gang, which culminated with a gunfight at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in October, 1881. He died in a of tuberculosis in Colorado in 1887.

Cassius “Cash” M. Hollister (1845-1884) – Born near Cleveland, Ohio, Hollistermade his way to Kansas in 1877 and was elected mayor of Caldwell, Kansas on October 28, 1879, a position he held until April, 1880. He was appointed a  U.S. Deputy Marshal in 1883 and just a few months later was involved in the Hunnewell Gunfight, in which one man was killed and another seriously wounded. On November 21`, 1883, he and Ben Wheeler killed a man named Chet Van Meter who was resisting arrest. He resigned as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in September, 1884, but continued to serve as a deputy sheriff of Sumner county, Kansas. On October 18, 1884, he went to arrest a man named Bob Cross, who was wanted for abducting the daughter of a well-to-do farmer, Joshua Hannum. When Hollister arrived at Cross’ home and attempted to talk the man out of a house,  Cross refused to surrender. Hollister threatened to set his house on fire, at which time Cross fired through the door, killing Hollister.

William “Hunky Dory” Holmes (18??-1889) – A  lawman, served as a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Glen Reynolds of Gila County, Arizona. He was murdered by the Apache Kid and his men, while transporting the outlaw to the Yuma Prison.

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