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James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok
Birth: May 27, 1837
Troy Grove
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 1876
Deadwood
Lawrence County
South Dakota, USA

Western Figure. Born in Troy Grove, near Ottawa, Illinois, he took part in the Kansas struggle preceding the Civil War, was a driver of the Butterfield stage line, and gained fame as a gunfighter. He was an assistant station tender for the Pony Express at the Rock Creek, Nebraska station. He served as a Union scout in the Civil War. After the war he became deputy United States Marshal at Fort Riley (1866), Marshal of Hays, Kansas (1869), and Marshal of Abilene (1871). His reputation as a marksman in desperate encounters with outlaws made him a frontier legend. Hickok once shot and killed his own deputy in error, which was the downfall of his career as a lawman. After a tour of the East with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show(1872 to 1873), he went to Deadwood, South Dakota where he was murdered by Jack McCall while playing cards at the #10 Saloon. The hand Hickok had held, a pair of Aces and a pair of Eights, thereafter became known as "The Dead Man's Hand." 
 
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 Parents:
  William Alonzo Hickok (1801 - 1852)
  Pamelia Butler Hickok (1804 - 1878)
 
 Spouses:
  Agnes Mersman Lake Thatcher (1826 - 1907)*
  Martha Jane Canary (1852 - 1903)*
  Agnes Mersman Thatcher (1826 - 1907)*
 
 Children:
  Jean H. Hickok McCormick (1873 - 1951)*
 
 Siblings:
  Oliver Cromwell Hickok (1830 - 1898)*
  Lorenzo Butler Hickok (1832 - 1913)*
  Horace Dewey Hickok (1834 - 1916)*
  James Butler Hickok (1837 - 1876)
  Celinda Hickok Smith (1839 - 1916)*
  Lydia M Hickok Barnes (1842 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall
 
Burial:
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Deadwood
Lawrence County
South Dakota, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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God bless you and thank you for your honorable, selfless service. This We'll Defend. Rest in Peace.
- LTC B, USAR (ret)
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