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 James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

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James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok

  • Birth 27 May 1837 Troy Grove, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 2 Aug 1876 Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
  • Burial Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 479

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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 479
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok (27 May 1837–2 Aug 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 479, citing Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .