Younger, Thomas

Younger, (Thomas Coleman) “Cole”

(1844–1916) bandit; born in Jackson County, Mo. He was one of "Quantrill's Raiders" during the Civil War. He joined with Jesse James and formed the James-Younger band, which included Cole and his two brothers, James Younger and Robert Younger. Shot and captured during a failed bank raid in Northfield, Minn., the three brothers were sentenced to life imprisonment. Robert died in 1889 of tuberculosis, Cole and James were paroled in 1901, and James committed suicide in 1902. Cole was pardoned in 1903 and remained a law-abiding citizen in his old age.