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Robert Ewing Younger

Also Known As: "Bob"
Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Lee Summit, Jackson, Missouri, USA
Death: Died in Stillwater, Washington County, MN, USA
Cause of death: tuberculosis - died in Minnesota Territorial Prison
Place of Burial: Lee Summit, Jackson, Missouri, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Washington Younger and Barsheba Leighton Fristoe Younger
Husband of Mary Victoria Younger
Brother of Laura Helen Kelly; Frances Isabela Younger; Martha Anne Jones; Charles Richard Younger; Mary Josephine Jarrett and 8 others

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About Bob Younger (member of the James-Younger Gang)

Robert Ewing "Bob" Younger (October 29, 1853 - September 16, 1889) was an American criminal and outlaw, the younger brother of Cole, Jim and John Younger , he was a member of the James-Younger gang.


Born in Missouri on October 29, 1853, Robert was the thirteenth of fourteen children born to Henry Washington Younger and Bersheba Leighton Fristoe. During the Civil War his brothers Cole and Jim rode with Quantrill's Raiders. Bob was only 8 when the war broke out in 1861. He saw his father killed by Union soldiers and his home burned to the ground.

After the war, his brothers formed the James-Younger gang with Frank and Jesse James. For ten years the gang robbed banks, trains, and stage coaches across Missouri, Kansas, and other nearby states. Bob Younger is believed to have first joined the gang in 1873.

In September 1876 the gang attempted to rob the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota. The townspeople decided to fight back, and in the ensuing shootout all three of the Younger brothers were captured. Bob was wounded in the elbow and later in the chest. Two Northfield citizens were killed in the botched raid.

Imprisonment and Death

Bob Younger was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died of tuberculosis in prison at Stillwater, Minnesota on September 16, 1889 aged 35 years. His body lies buried in the Lee's Summit Historical Cemetery in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

Film and Television Portrayal

Days of Jesse James (1939) portrayed by Forrest Dillon

Bad Men of Missouri (1941) portrayed by Wayne Morris

The Younger Brothers (1949) portrayed by James Brown

The Great Missouri Raid (1951) portrayed by Paul Lees

Best of the Bad Men (1951) portrayed by Jack Buetel

The True Story of Jesse James (1957) portrayed by Anthony Ray

Bronco (1960) portrayed by Bill Tennant

Young Jesse James (1960) portrayed by Robert Palmer

The Legend of Jesse James (1966) portrayed by Tim McIntire

The Intruders (1970) portrayed by Zalman King

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) portrayed by Matt Clark

Poor Devil (1973) portrayed by Nicholas Georgiade

The Long Riders (1980) portrayed by Robert Carradine

Frank & Jesse (1995) portrayed by Todd Field

American Outlaws (2001) portrayed by Will McCormack

Shootout! (2005) portrayed by Keith Lewis

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Bob Younger (member of the James-Younger Gang)'s Timeline

October 29, 1853
Lee Summit, Jackson, Missouri, USA
September 16, 1889
Age 35
Stillwater, Washington County, MN, USA
Lee Summit, Jackson, Missouri, USA