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John Coffee Hays

Texas Rangers Badge - Alan's Old West History Made Easy Trivia powered by ABEBorn: January 28, 1817
Died: April 21, 1883 (age 66)

Col. John Coffee "Jack" Hays was a Texas Ranger captain and military officer of the Republic of Texas and the United States armies. Hays served in several armed conflicts, including the Indian and the Mexican-American wars.

What do you know about John Coffee "Jack" Hays?  Try this Old West History Trivia Quiz"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) Hays was born at Little Cedar Lick, Wilson County, Tennessee.

  • True or False?

2) In 1836, Hays settled in Texas, and joined the Texan army under General Thomas Rusk, who appointed him member of a company of Texas Rangers. What year did he achieved the rank of captain?

  • 1840
  • 1842
  • 1844

3) Captain Hays, the Texas Rangers, and The Republic of Texas Navy were early adopters of what revolver?

  • Colt Hays Six-Shooter
  • Colt Patterson No. 5 Holster Model
  • Smith and Wesson No. 5 Revolver

4) He commanded the force against the invasion from Mexico of 1842 and in the Mexican-American War (1846~1848), where the Rangers excelled and gained a nationwide fame.

  • True or False?

5) What did Flacco, a chief of the allied Indian tribe of the Lipan, used to call Hays?

  • "Hang'em High"
  • "Never Die"
  • "Bravo-Too-Much"

6) In 1848, after the war had ended, Hays left the Rangers. Where did he end up settling?

  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Death Valley, California

7) What did he become in 1850?

  • U.S. Marshall
  • Sheriff
  • Constable

8) When was he appointed United States surveyor general for California?

  • 1853
  • 1856
  • 1858

9) In 1853, John Coffee "Jack" Hays, a famous Texas Ranger, was one of the first to establish residence in Oakland, California.

  • True or False?

10) He amassed a considerable fortune with real estate and ranching enterprises.

  • True or False?

11) Where is John Coffee Hays buried?

  • Hays County Cemetery, Kyle, Texas
  • Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California
  • Temple of the Lord, San Francisco, California


John Coffee Hays

  1. True
  2. 1840
  3. Colt Patterson No. 5 Holster Model
  4. True
  5. "Bravo-Too-Much"
  6. San Francisco, California
  7. Sheriff
  8. 1853
  9. True
  10. True
  11. Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California

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