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Francis Boardman “Pistol Pete” Eaton

  • Birth 26 Oct 1860 Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 8 Apr 1958 Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 7945680

Folk Figure. A former deputy U.S. Marshall who claimed to have killed 11 men with the Colt .45 he wore strapped to his side. He served as deputy U.S. Marshall under Judge Isaac C. Paker "hanging judge" in the Indian Territory. Frank Eaton was known as "Pistol Pete," a nickname he acquired at the age of fifteen when he outshot U.S. cavalry men in a contest at Fort Gibson,Oklahoma. In 1923, Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) students asked him to be the model for the campus mascot. The university still uses Pistol Pete as its mascot today.

Bio by: William Barritt



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: William Barritt
  • Added: 4 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7945680
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Boardman “Pistol Pete” Eaton (26 Oct 1860–8 Apr 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7945680, citing Perkins Cemetery, Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .