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Erastus “Deaf ” Smith was perhaps one of the most unique figures to emerge from the early years of Texas History. In spite of a nearly total hearing loss, “Deaf ” Smith still served Texas with courage and distinction. While he may not have been able to hear, Texas listened closely to what he had to say.

Texas History Minute

Texas History Minute

John Wesley Hardin was one of the most violent figures of a violent age. Born in Bonham to a Methodist preacher in 1853, he quickly moved to a life of crime. By the time he was 18, he killed perhaps eight people. This was only the beginning of a bloody career as a gunfighter.

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