(1829 - March 10, 1864)
Born in Illinois, Jack Slade spent most of his life in the freighting and transportation business, Initially, he was a wagon boss on the Overland Trail, then a stage coach driver.
As superintendent in Julesburg, Colorado, he was ruthless is his pursuit and treatment of stage coach robbers and horse thieves. Jack had these people executed or hanged them on the spot.
I put Jack Slade in the gunfighter category because when Jack was sober he was personable, but when drunk he was dangerous. This appears to be a characteristic for many gunfighters.
It was because of repeated menacing activities while drunk in Virginia City, Montana that he was hanged by the Vigilantes in that town.
Jack Slade is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah in Block B, Lot 6, Grave 7.
Information compiled by Steve Grimm
Books About Jack Slade
Slade's Wells Fargo Colt by John B. McClernan
The author purchased a colt that supposedly belonged to Jack Slade. This book describes the author's detective work pursuing the authentication. In the process, John B. McClernan relates good information on Jack Slade.
An Ear In His Pocket by Kenneth C. Jeseen
A book recommended by a visitor to this page.