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 Timothy Isaiah “Longhaired” Courtright

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Timothy Isaiah “Longhaired” Courtright Famous memorial

Birth
Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death
8 Feb 1887 (aged 38–39)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Burial
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Plot
Block 27, Lot 11-1/2
Memorial ID
23380 View Source

Western Lawman. Born Timothy Isaiah Courtright, in 1848 at Sangamon County, Illinois, he had a reputation as being fast with a gun. He was at various times a jailer, hired killer, private detective and racketeer. In 1876, he was elected the first US Marshal of Fort Worth, Texas and inherited the task of cleaning up the un-ruled city. He became known for his long hair, it is believed that he killed at least five men during altercations and shootouts. During this time, he also used his badge as a matter of convenience as a part of a protection service to business owners, for a price. In early 1887, a gunfighter, gambler, named Luke Short drifted into town and was soon causing much disruption. On the night of February 8, 1887, during an altercation at the White Elephant Saloon, Courtright called Short out to the street. Short assured Courtright he was not armed, although he was and has moved toward Courtright, he started to open his vest. Courtright drew his pistol, but according to reports it hung up on his watch-chain and short fired four rapid shots. Courtright fell backward and died shortly thereafter.

Western Lawman. Born Timothy Isaiah Courtright, in 1848 at Sangamon County, Illinois, he had a reputation as being fast with a gun. He was at various times a jailer, hired killer, private detective and racketeer. In 1876, he was elected the first US Marshal of Fort Worth, Texas and inherited the task of cleaning up the un-ruled city. He became known for his long hair, it is believed that he killed at least five men during altercations and shootouts. During this time, he also used his badge as a matter of convenience as a part of a protection service to business owners, for a price. In early 1887, a gunfighter, gambler, named Luke Short drifted into town and was soon causing much disruption. On the night of February 8, 1887, during an altercation at the White Elephant Saloon, Courtright called Short out to the street. Short assured Courtright he was not armed, although he was and has moved toward Courtright, he started to open his vest. Courtright drew his pistol, but according to reports it hung up on his watch-chain and short fired four rapid shots. Courtright fell backward and died shortly thereafter.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 24 Jul 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 23380
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23380/timothy-isaiah-courtright: accessed ), memorial page for Timothy Isaiah “Longhaired” Courtright (1848–8 Feb 1887), Find a Grave Memorial ID 23380, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .