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William Milton “Billy” Breckenridge

  • Birth 25 Dec 1846 Watertown, Dodge County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 31 Jan 1931 Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
  • Plot Section F
  • Memorial ID 8390563

Western Law Officer. He was deputy sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona at Tombstone under Sheriff John Behan at the time of the OK Corral gunfight between the Earps and the Cowboys. He is considered by most historians to have been part of the anti-Earp faction and a friend of the Cowboys (i.e., outlaws). He wrote a book about his experiences called "Helldorado: Bringing the Law to the Mesquite," which was ghostwritten by William McLeod Raine. He later served as a deputy U.S. marshal, a surveyor, and was a detective for the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the 1993 hit movie "Tombstone," Breckinridge was memorably portrayed by actor Jason Priestly in a performance that echoed years of rumors that Breckinridge, who never married, was gay.

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  • Originally Created by: George Bacon
  • Added: 15 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8390563
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Milton “Billy” Breckenridge (25 Dec 1846–31 Jan 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8390563, citing Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .