Cattle Baron John Chisum’s Legacy Lives On
Pioneer cattle baron John Simpson Chisum was born August 16, 1824, in Tennessee. His family moved to Red River County, Texas, when he was a boy. His father, Claiborne Chisum — a public-spirited and wealthy man — was probably the earliest settler in Paris, Texas.
As a teenager John found work as a store clerk in Paris and a building contractor. He later served briefly as a road overseer in Hopkins County, accumulated land, operated several small grocery stores, and served as the County Clerk for Lamar County from 1852 to 1854. READ MORE.