Historical records matching Nathaniel "Texas Jack" Reed
About Nathaniel "Texas Jack" Reed
Nathanial Reed "Texas Jack" (1862-1950) - Hailing from Arkansas, Reed became a proficient bank and train robber in Indian Territory, claiming to have pulled off four train robberies, seven bank jobs, and three stagecoach holdups before he was finally shot by U.S. Deputy Marshal Bud Ledbetter during an attempted train robbery in 1894. Wounded, Reed was still able to escape, but the following year, turned himself in to Judge Isaac Parker at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Making a deal to provide information on more notorious outlaws, Reed received just a five year sentence. However, after just one year, he was released. Much like more famous outlaws, such as Cole Younger and Frank James, he began exhibiting hirnself with carnival companies and Wild West Shows as "Texas Jack, the famous bandit and train robber." He also wrote a small book entitled "The Life of Texas Jack, Eight Years a Criminal - 41 Years Trusting in God." Though he desperately wanted to interest motion picture producers in his life story, they never responded, probably because he had turned himself in, rather than being captured with "guns blazing." He died in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 7, 1950, at age eighty-eight.