Jesse and Frank James
Jesse and Frank James photographed in 1872
January 18, 1836: The attorney Charles Phillip Johnson was born. He was known for defending outlaws like Frank James and for railing against the death penalty for the criminally insane.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.