#33 Truman and Garner with Jesse James guns
Senatorial stickup – Holding a Colt revolver owned by outlaw Jesse James along with another gun, Vice President John “Cactus Jack” Garner simply can’t resist the urge to “hold up” Senator Harry Truman of Missouri. At the time the guns were owned by the other Senator from Missouri, Harry B. Hawes.
Unlike other items supposedly owned by the outlaw, the providence of the firearm stems from James’s son, Jesse Edwards James. James was about 7 years old was his father killed by Robert Ford. At the time of the shooting, Ford was cooperating with Governor Thomas Crittenden.
James may not have been aware of the connection when he applied for a job working for the son of the Governor. Once he was employed, the families quickly became friends. However, it was the other son of the Governor, Henry (H. H.) Crittenden, that documented the revolver with a photograph in “The Crittenden Memoirs”.
Nevertheless, the gun did not remain in the James family. As payment or collateral for a medical debt, the Colt was given to Dr. Lowery. James’s wife, Stella, tried to have the firearm returned to the family in 1932.
By 1935, U.S. Senator Harry B. Hawkes of Missouri had acquired the revolver. Given the opportunity, Garner simply could not resist the urge to have a photo op with the Outlaw’s gun on February 17, 1938.