Robert Ewing Younger
|Also Known As:||"Bob"|
|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|
Son of Henry Washington Younger and Bursheba Fristoe Younger
|Managed by:||Private User|
Historical records matching Bob Younger (member of the James-Younger Gang)
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