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Professor James Love – Triumph and Tragedy on the Missouri Frontier Includes previously unpublished correspondence implicating members of the James Gang in the 1866 robbery of the Clay County Savings Bank The Clay County Museum & Historical Society is pleased and excited to make available to the public this collection of documents associated with the life of Professor James Love (1820–1914). Many of these documents are previously unpublished and will be of interest to those who want to learn more regarding the efforts to identify and apprehend the outlaws who perpetrated the nation’s first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery. Although never convicted, members of the infamous James Gang were widely implicated. Professor Love lived a fascinating life and was a major player in Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, in the latter half of the 1800's. From being one of the first professors at William Jewell College to beginning the Clay Seminary for Young Ladies, to President of the Clay County Savings Bank at the time it was robbed allegedly by members of the James Gang, he truly lived an interesting and intriguing life! Born in 1820, in Clay County, Kentucky, James Love began his career as a teacher in Fulton, Missouri, at the age of 22. He later taught in Mexico, Missouri, until 1851 when he entered the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where he was a member of its first graduating class in 1853. Upon graduation, Professor Love accepted a position as Chair of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the newly established William Jewell College, in Liberty, Missouri. In 1855, he and his second wife, Lucy, began the Clay Seminary for Young Ladies, in Liberty. A very popular school, two of its students included a future leader in the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement, Carrie Nation, and Zerelda Mimms, later to become Mrs. Jesse James. In 1865, Professor Love retired from teaching to become the President of the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty. Ironically, in 1866, this institution was the victim of the first successful peacetime daylight bank robbery in the United States, allegedly performed by the James Gang. Professor Love lost a small personal fortune of over $10,000 (an estimated $150,000 today) in this robbery. In his later years, Professor Love toured Europe and the Holy Lands, further contributing to the culture of his city by bringing back the design plans for Liberty’s First Presbyterian Church, based on the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem. Known for his knowledge, kindly nature, and religious devotion, Professor Love, was an admirable and esteemed figure in the frontier town of Liberty, Missouri, until his death at age 94. He brought formal education, a positive example, and culture to the frontier while suffering great personal tragedies including the deaths of two wives and his only child. He persisted during the Civil War in providing an education and stable environment for his students only to later suffer great financial losses from the 1866 bank robbery and a flood in 1877 when he lost 200 acres of bottom land valued at over $80,000 (an estimated $2M today). Format: 8 ½” x 11” Soft bound – 110 pages. All proceeds from the sale of this publication benefit The Clay County Museum & Historical Society in Liberty, Missouri.
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