Paris was settled by a diverse group of frontiersmen. Sam Bell Maxey—a West Point graduate, attorney and Confederate general—made his family home here. Retired outlaw Frank James (brother of Jesse) clerked in a local dry goods store. John Chisum became one of the West's foremost cattle barons. Notorious frontier outlaw queen, Belle Starr, tended a farm near town. In 2013, Paris received a First Lady's Texas Treasure Award for its dedication to historic preservation efforts.