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Philip Nolan – Wild West Hero

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Texas, the Lone Star state of the American West, immortalized thirty year old Philip Nolan when it named a county after this contraband horse trader who died with his gang in a gun shoot-out with Mexican authorities in 1801. Philip Nolan (1771-1801), son of Peter Nolan and Elizabeth Cassidy of Belfast, Ireland, defied the decree of the King of Spain forbidding the capture of wild horses for sale across the Mexican border.

Nolan’s untimely death along with the slaughter of all the English speaking defenders of the Alamo mission in the town of San Antonio became rallying cries for Texas independence by 1835.

Reference: “Philip Nolan – Wild West Hero” by Dave Nolan, p. 9 , Nolan Clan Newsletter, March 2009

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