Legendary Lawman William "Dave" Allison

So, without a daring Las Vegas lawman from history I went back to my reader’s requests and pulled out none other than William Davis “Dave” Allison, another noteworthy lawman from the great state of Texas that was once a Texas Ranger.

Good was apprehended in Antlers, Oklahoma and returned to Texas but was pardoned and later penned the book, Twelve Years in a Texas Prison. In an interesting twist, he would die years later when he was opening a gate and his car slipped out of gear, crushing him. Ross, now going by the name Charles Gannon would eventually get into an argument with a ranch foreman in Browning, Montana. This would result in Ross killing the man by gunshot and after leaving a note, finally committing suicide by shooting himself in the head.

If you’d like to read further into the life of Dave Allison I recommend: The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: the Bloodiest Decade, 1910-1920 (By Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler) and Fearless Dave Allison: Border Lawman (Bob Alexander).

If you have an interesting character in your family tree or know of someone who warrants further examination, please drop me an email. A great many of the lawmen in these pages were introduced to me by current lawmen looking back on their own history.


About The Author:

Charles Bennett was born in our Nation's Capital and grew up in the Maryland suburbs. Mr. Bennett has been working in all aspects of the publishing industry since the late 1980s primarily in the fields of commercial photography and magazine production. Moving to California in 1992 to attend college resulted in B.F.A and Masters degrees. California also supplied Mr. Bennett with his wife. The two of them are avid sports persons and participate in shooting, scuba diving, surfing, running and bicycling. As a long time hobby Mr. Bennett has studied the legends of American law enforcement which led to his writing these columns.

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