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Roy Bean


Bean, Roy (1825?–1903), U.S. justice of the peace who called himself “the only law west of the Pecos.” After an early life that included arrest, jailbreak, and proprietorship of tent saloons, he settled in western Texas, where he built a combination store, saloon, and pool hall, and held court as justice and coroner. His decisions were more notable for six-gun drama and humor than legal sagacity.

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