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 Bass Reeves

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Bass Reeves

  • Birth Jul 1838 Crawford County, Arkansas, USA
  • Death 12 Jan 1910 Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 8584642

Western Lawman. Born as a slave, after the Civil War he went west to engage in farming. In 1875 he began a new career, receiving his commission as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, under the direction of Judge Isaac C. Parker in Ft. Smith. He was the first African American to receive a commission as a U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi. He acquired a reputation as one of the best deputy marshals to ever work out of the Fort Smith Federal Court. By 1901, he had arrested more than three thousand men and women in his service as a deputy marshal. But no manhunt was harder for him than the one involving his own son who was charged with murder. After he returned with son he was sent to Leavenworth Prison at the end of a trial. With a citizen's petition and an exemplary prison record, his son was pardoned and lived the rest of his life as a model citizen. In 35 years service as a Federal Lawman, his devotion to duty was beyond reproach, he had killed 14 man but only in self-defense. He was honored posthumously with the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's "Great Westerner Award".

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 1 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8584642
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bass Reeves (Jul 1838–12 Jan 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8584642, citing Agency Cemetery, Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .