Lakewood Historical Society – Jesse James: The Last Rebel of the Civil War

Presentation by Mel Maurer.  Jesse James was an early celebrity for all the wrong reasons. Was he a true folk hero—an American Robin Hood? Or was he a ruthless criminal—a killer who served only his own interests? Mel Maurer will cover his life from his baptism under fire as a Confederate guerrilla to his assassination as a wanted outlaw. Following his retirement from business administration, Maurer has indulged various interests ranging from the writing of poetry and letters to the editor, to acting in productions at Huntington and Clague Playhouses. He is a past president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and the Philosophical Club of Cleveland.