History of Judge Roy Bean
Roy Bean was born in Kentucky in 1823. He had two brothers - Sam and Josh. Roy's parents must have instilled a strong sense of social responsibility in their boys, as all three eventually ended up in some form of public service. Sam became a Sherrif in New Mexico, And Josh was elected the first Mayor of San Diego, California.
When young Roy left home, he headed for Mexico then on to California where he began his law enforcement career as a California Ranger.
After his brother Josh died, Roy headed for Texas, and served briefly as justice of the peace in Vinegaroon.
An entrepeneur at heart, Roy left Vinegaroon to open a saloon in a small texas town which would soon be named 'Langtry'.
In recognition of his previous experience with the law, The State of Texas appointed Roy Bean as Justice of The Peace for Langtry in 1882.
Judge Bean was continually re-elected to that office by the citzens of Langtry til his death in 1903.
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