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Bass Reeves
Birth: Jul., 1838
Lamar County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 1910
Muskogee
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA

Western Lawman. Born as a slave, after the Civil War he went west to engage in farming. In 1875 he began a new career, receiving his commission as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, under the direction of Judge Isaac C. Parker in Ft. Smith. He was the first African American to receive a commission as a U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi. He acquired a reputation as one of the best deputy marshals to ever work out of the Fort Smith Federal Court. By 1901, he had arrested more than three thousand men and women in his service as a deputy marshal. But no manhunt was harder for him than the one involving his own son who was charged with murder. After he returned with son he was sent to Leavenworth Prison at the end of a trial. With a citizen's petition and an exemplary prison record, his son was pardoned and lived the rest of his life as a model citizen. In 35 years service as a Federal Lawman, his devotion to duty was beyond reproach, he had killed 14 man but only in self-defense. He was honored posthumously with the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's "Great Westerner Award".  (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Children:
  William Reeves (1877 - 1942)*
  Homer Reeves (1882 - 1903)*
  Bass Reeves (1887 - 1901)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Agency Cemetery
Muskogee
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Apr 01, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8584642
Bass Reeves
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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Thank you, U.S. Deputy Marshal Reeves, for being there as an old-time lawman. You made a difference.
- Wes T.
 Added: Nov. 23, 2014
God bless you throughout Autumn, the beautiful, fiery season of the Harvest. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Nov. 16, 2014

- AR
 Added: Nov. 8, 2014
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