Western Folk Figure. He arrived in Helena, Montana in 1867 and was later elected as a Republican member of the Territorial Senate of Montana in 1871 to 1872. He also introduced a resolution that prompted Congress to establish Yellowstone National Park. In 1873, he was elected Sheriff of Montana territory in Lewis and Clark County. In 1876, he followed the gold rush to Deadwood, South Dakota, opened a hardware store and a horse ranch. Befriending Wild Bill Hickok and after Hickok’s death in August 1876, which triggered a growing demand for law and order, resulted in Bullock's appointment as the first Sheriff of Deadwood. As Sheriff, he was called upon to settle various disputes but never had to resort to killing anyone while serving as chief lawman. As a established citizen in the community he built the Bullock Hotel in 1895, which is still in use today. During the Spanish-American War 1898, he volunteered for active service in the Cavalry and was the Captain of Troop A in Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders Regiment. Roosevelt, as the newly elected Vice President under McKinley, appointed Bullock as the first Forest Supervisor of the Black Hills Reserve. Invited to Roosevelt’s own presidential inaugural in 1905, Bullock startled citizens by recruiting 50 young cowboys, including Tom Mix, to ride their horses in the inaugural parade. Roosevelt's death came as a personal blow to Bullock, he erected a monument to Roosevelt made of native Black Hills stone on mountain near Deadwood, renamed the peak Mount Roosevelt and it was formally dedicated on July 4, 1919. He passed away in his own motel and it has been reported that his ghost still wanders the hallways of his old hotel at 633 Main Street in Deadwood. Seth Bullock is one of the pivotal characters in the HBO historical fiction series DEADWOOD.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith