John King Fisher
(1854 - March 11, 1884)
John King Fisher's youth was spent constantly getting into trouble. After serving fourth months for a minor offense, King Fisher became a cowboy in south central Texas. It was during this period that he learned to bust broncos, chase bandits and shoot.
Soon Fisher started his own spread and became one of the most feared cattle barons in Texas. It is hard to determine how much of the activity imposed by his henchmen was directed by King Fisher.
A sign at a fork in the road said "This is King Fisher's road - Take the other." Fisher was occasionally arrested for murder charges, but in each case he was found not guilty. It is believed he either intimidated the jury or bribed them.
Later, he married and settled his ways becoming deputy sheriff of Uvalde County. At a time when he was running for sheriff, Fisher was killed with Ben Thompson at the Vaudeville Theater in San Antonio, Texas. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
John King Fisher is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas.
Information compiled by Steve Grimm
Books About John King Fisher
King Fisher, His Life and Times by O.C. Fisher with J.C. Dykes
This is a good book with documented information about one of the true cattle barons of the west.
Taming the Nueces Strip by George Durham
This book is mainly about the Texas Rangers lead by Lea McNelly, but since King Fisher ruled this area, it contains some good information on him.