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Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger: A Story of Frontier Reform

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Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger: A Story of Frontier Reform by Albert Bigelow Paine provides an intriguing look into the life and career of one of the most renowned Texas Rangers in history. Paine weaves together a compelling narrative that delves into McDonald's relentless pursuit of justice and his efforts to reform law enforcement practices on the frontier.

The book vividly captures McDonald's courage, determination, and unwavering commitment to upholding the law, even in the face of danger and adversity. Through Paine's detailed research and compelling storytelling, readers are able to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and complexities of law enforcement in the Wild West.

One of the standout aspects of the book is its exploration of McDonald's progressive approach to policing, which focused on community engagement, de-escalation tactics, and fairness in dealing with criminals. McDonald's efforts to modernize the Texas Rangers and improve relations between the law enforcement and the community set him apart as a true pioneer in the field.

Overall, Captain Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger is a captivating and illuminating read that sheds light on the life and legacy of a true American hero. Paine's meticulous attention to detail and engaging writing style make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the history of law enforcement and the Wild West.

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"William Jesse "Bill" McDonald in the 1880s served as a deputy sheriff in Wood County. After moving to Hardeman County, he served as deputy sheriff, special Ranger, and U. S. Deputy Marshal of the Northern District of Texas and the Southern District of Kansas.. . . .In 1891 McDonald was selected to replace S. A. McMurry as Captain of Company B, Frontier Battalion. He served as a Ranger captain until 1907. Capt. McDonald and his company took part in a number of celebrated cases including the Fitzsimmons-Maher prize fight, the Wichita Falls bank robbery, the Reese-Townsend feud, and the Brownsville Raid of 1906. His handling of the troops of the 25th U.S. Infantry during this last incident made him known as "a man who would charge hell with a bucket of water." He had a reputation as a gunman that rested upon his his marksmanship, and his ability to use his weapons to intimidate his opponents. … In 1905, McDonald served as bodyguard to President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1907, Governor Campbell made him a state revenue agent. He again fulfilled the role of bodyguard in 1912 for a visit by Woodrow Wilson. Later Wilson appointed him U. S. Marshal for the Northern District of Texas." -- from Chapter 1

Note: This book racially offensive words which were part of the vocabulary of the time. It is policy to read texts as written.

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