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James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok

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Date: Between 1850s and 1870s

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: B Hickok, James B. *9

Unit ID: 221626

Summary: This incased ninth plate tintype shows James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837-1876). The legendary lawman and gun-slinger began his career in 1858 as peace officer of the Monticello Township in the Kansas Territory of Johnson County. For a number of years Hickok also worked as a government scout, guide and deputy U.S. marshal across the Great Plains. His reputation as a skilled marksman proceeded him wherever he went. In 1869 Hickok was elected marshal of Hays, Kansas and sheriff of Ellis County, Kansas. A role he served until 1870. In 1871, he was hired as Abilene, Kansas' town marshal. As marshal he earned fame for being a quick draw and for spending most of his time playing cards. Hickok was killed on August 01, 1876 while playing a game of poker at a saloon in the Deadwood, Dakota Territory.

Space Required/Quantity: Cased ninth plate tintype.

Title (Main title): James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok


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