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John Baylor

Confederate Army officer and politician

Died when: 71 years 196 days (858 months)
Star Sign: Leo

 

John Baylor

John R.Baylor (born John Robert Baylor;July 27, 1822 – February 6, 1894) was a US Indian agent, publisher and editor, politician, and a senior officer of the Confederate States Army.

After being dismissed as Indian agent, he became one of the founding editors of , a newspaper in North Texas, and a strong critic of Governor Sam Houston.

During the American Civil War, Baylor led Texas Confederate forces into New Mexico, and declared himself the 1st Governor of the Arizona Territory.

He was confirmed by Confederate President Jefferson Davis.In an altercation, Baylor killed an editor of a rival newspaper.Davis disapproved of orders Baylor gave to his regiment to exterminate the Apache in his territory, and removed him from office as governor, stripping him of his Texas commission.

Later Baylor recovered, settling in San Antonio.He was elected to state government as a legislator and became a rancher.

In 1881 he killed another man in an argument, when he was about 59, but was acquitted at trial.He died years later at his ranch.


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