Harry Love was born in Vermont circa 1810, he left home at an early age to be a sailor. Ending up in Texas he fought in the Mexican-American War with the U.S. Army. By 1846, he served as a scout, an army express rider and led an exploration up the Rio Grande. By 1850, he joined the California Gold Rush but was unsuccessful in the mines.
He wound up being a Deputy Sheriff in Santa Barbara, California. By 1852, he was working as a bounty hunter. In 1853, California Governor John Bigler started the California Rangers placing Harry as the commander. By order of the governor he gave Harry specific order to capture or kill Joaquin Murrieta. On the morning of July 25, 1853 near Monterey four men were killed, two captured and three escaped. One of the men killed was Murrieta, assuring Harry Love’s name in California history. Murrieta’s head was reserved in brandy and displayed in Mariposa, Stockton and San Francisco, where spectators could pay $1.00 to see the remains. Harry Love died in 1868 from a bullet wound in his arm during a gunfight.
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