Jesse Woodson James was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber, and murderer from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. Already a celebrity when he was alive, he became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death.
This photo of Jesse James became the most famous photograph taken in the 19th century. More people knew who he was than the president of the United States. Learn more about this infamous outlaw in Ron Hansen's novel, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford : http://www.openroadmedia.com/blog/2013-06-13/Ron-Hansen-and-the-Assassination-of-Jesse-James