Sharpshooter, Inventor. He is regarded as one of the best marksman in history and credited with inventing the trap clay target thrower. He led Company H, 145th Illinois Volunteer Infantry as a Captain during the Civil War. After the war he started a hunting market, manufactured glass balls, spring loaded traps and improved the European ball rifle for sport shooting. His reputation for being a skilled shootist in competition shows spread quickly. He won the Illinois Trap Shot Championship in 1868 and toured America performing in exhibitions. In 1871, he won the title "Champion of America" and won the "World's Championship Medal" from England, in 1876. He retired from competitive shooting in 1883 and purchased part ownership in the Cody and Salisbury Wild West Show. In his later years, Bogardus performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with his sharphooting sons and opened a shooting gallery in Lincoln, Illinois. He is a member of the Sharpshooter's Hall of Fame, Exhibition Shooters Hall of Fame, Trap Shooter's Hall of Fame and author of the book, "Field, Cover and Trapshooting".
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith