Who Am I?
Old West Lawmen
are all well known Old West Lawmen. I will give you some
information and you pick the correct lawmen.
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1) I was
born in Cairo, Illinois September 3, 1862. The family to Texas in
1876, settling near Round Rock, Texas. In 1878, while still a boy,
I witnessed the death of outlaw Sam Bass. In March 1883, I joined
the Texas Rangers, becoming a member of "Company D" serving under
Captain L. P. Seiker. In July, 1887, I was accompanied by future
Ranger Hall of Fame member John Hughes in the pursuit of murderer
Judd Roberts, with Hughes and I killing Roberts in a gunfight.
I also became well known during the Jaybird-Woodpecker War,
resulting in prominent citizens approaching me to run for the
position of Fort Bend County, Texas Sheriff, in which I was
elected. By 1904 I had moved with his family to Imperial Valley
(California), and in 1923 I served as a member of the Imperial
Valley District board, which helped push through legislation for
the construction of Boulder Dam and the All-American Canal.
1953 at my daughter's home in Burlingame, Ca. I died of pneumonia, at the
age of 90 (less than a month short of his 91st birthday). I am is
buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro, California.
2) On February 10, 1865, I was born in
Socorro, New Mexico just before the end of the American Civil War.
Upon my mother's death in 1880, Baca returned with my father to
Belen, New Mexico where my father became a marshal. In 1884, at
age 19, I stole some guns, bought a mail-order sheriff's badge,
and more or less appointed myself deputy sheriff in Socorro
County, New Mexico.
In October, 1884, in the town of Lower San
Francisco Plaza (now Reserve), I arrested a carousing cowboy who
was drunk. Following threats from the cowboys, I took refuge in
the house of Geronimo Armijo. A standoff with the cowboys ensued
and some 80 cowboys gathered to attack the house. During the
siege, I shot and killed four of my attackers and wounded eight
others. After about 33 hours, and roughly 1,000 rounds of open
fire, the battle ended when a friend convinced me to surrender.
When they had left, I walked out of the house unharmed.
1885, I was charged with murder for the death of the one of the
cowboys killed in the attack on the cabin. I was jailed to await
his trial. In August 1885, I was acquitted after the door of
Armijo's house was entered as evidence. It had more than 400
bullet holes in it. The incident became known as the Frisco
Who Am I?
3) I was a lawman and saloon keeper associated
with the early days of Dodge City in the American Old West. I was
born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and fought for the North during
the Civil War. After the war ended, I headed west, and eventually
became the county Sheriff in Ford County, Kansas, serving with Bat
Masterson, who was my under-sheriff. When Ed Masterson, brother to
Bat, was killed in a shooting in Dodge City, Kansas in April 1878,
I became the new Dodge City Marshal. Both Wyatt Earp and Wyatt's
older brother James worked as deputies for me.
In 1883, after
a dispute with a local politician, gunfighter and saloon owner,
Luke Short, I left Dodge City, only to return shortly thereafter
with several notable gunfighter friends: Wyatt Earp, Bat
Masterson, Doc Holliday, M. F. McClain, Neil Brown, and W. F.
Petillion. This became known as the Dodge City War. I worked in
and owned several saloons in his later years, until my death by
natural causes in Hot Springs, Kansas in 1896.
Who Am I
Edward C. Jones
was born in what is now Kansas City, Missouri on October 23, 1844. I came to the Arizona Territory from San Francisco in 1863,
arriving first in Prescott, the territorial seat. I was involved
in Arizona politics (serving a term in the Arizona Territorial
Legislature) and law enforcement, serving as sheriff of Yavapai
County. In 1869 I married Victoria Zaff and had two children (a
son and daughter).
We divorced in 1875 and I never remarried.
I moved to Tombstone in September 1880, perhaps with knowledge
that the area was about to be split off from Pima County as
Cochise County, with Tombstone as the county seat. When the
southern area of Pima County containing Tombstone was split off
into the new Cochise County in early 1881, I was appointed first
Sheriff of Cochise County by Governor Fremont, and confirmed by
the upper house of the Territorial Legislature, on February 10,
I died on June 7, 1912 of Bright's disease
(immune-related renal failure) in Tucson, and (as a Roman
Catholic) was buried in a now-lost site in Tucson's Holy Hope
Who Am I
5) I was a frontiersman, rancher, cowboy and lawman of
the Old West, best known for building my Ranch, considered a
historical location of Wyoming today. I also helped to settle
Laramie, Wyoming. I ventured into Wyoming Territory around 1865
towards the end of the American Civil War. I would be the first
Sheriff of Albany County, Wyoming, where Laramie is located.
I was an original member of the local "Vigilence Committee",
organized to help bring order to the lawless area. I lead a lynch
mob that hung "Big" Steve Long, and his half brothers Ace and Con
Moyer on October 28, 1868. My ranch had become one of the largest
and most productive in the territory. I served in the United
States House of Representatives representing Wyoming. I died in
6) I was born in Ohio around 1832 where I later became
a buffalo hunter in the late-1840s or early-1850s whose success
equaled fellow buffalo hunter William F. Cody earning the same
nickname of "Buffalo Bill". During the late 1860s, I had killed
several men in various gunfights, and was briefly hired as a stage
driver for the Southwestern Stage Co., before becoming the marshal
of Newton, Kansas in 1872.
According to legend I went to
Butte, Montana where I attempted to become the city marshal but,
in part because of my reputation, was instead passed over in favor
of Morgan Earp. Confronting Earp over my defeat, I was shot in the
stomach and Morgan was shot in the shoulder. It was charged that I
had apparently attempted to weaken the rival company and win back
the mail contract the Southwestern Stage Co. however I was lynched
while awaiting trial on July 29, 1874.
Who Am I?
7) I was a 19th
century gunman who played the roles of both lawman and outlaw
during his brief life. An orphan, I was raised in Rolla, Missouri,
by relatives until the age of seventeen, when I left home and
headed west. I drifted through various cowboy jobs in Colorado and
Texas, supposedly killing a man in a gunfight in the Texas
Panhandle. On April 1, 1878, Billy the Kid, Jim French, Frank McNab, John Middleton, Fred Waite and I ambushed and murdered
Lincoln sheriff William Brady, a partisan for the opposition (the
Murphy-Dolan faction, or "The House") who was indirectly
responsible for the death of the our employer, John Tunstall.
I rode to Medicine Lodge, Kansas, and attempted to rob the
Medicine Valley Bank, where I murdered the bank's president.
During the night I managed to escape my handcuffs, and when the
lynch mob came at 9 pm and opened his cell, I raced past my
jailors, right through the startled lynch mob to an alley
alongside the jail. A quick-thinking farmer shot me as he ran
past, with both barrels of his shotgun at almost point blank
range, killing me, nearly tearing me in half. Disgusted that I had
cheated them out of a hanging, various members of the lynch mob
contented themselves with pumping bullets into my mangled corpse.
Who Am I?
Henry Newton Brown
William J. Kidd
8) I was born on July 23, 1849 in Amherstburg, Canada
West (Ontario), Canada. In 1867, I became a resident of Helena,
Montana, where I unsuccessfully ran for the Territorial
Legislature and was elected to the Territorial Senate, serving in
1871 and 1872 and helped create Yellowstone National Park. In
1873, I was elected sheriff of Lewis and Clark County, Montana.
During my tenure as sheriff, I killed my first man, Clell Watson.
Watson had stolen a horse and after a gunfight with me, in which I
was slightly wounded in the shoulder, Watson was taken into
custody. When Watson was prepared to be hanged, a lynch mob
appeared and scared off the executioner.
I climbed the
scaffold and pulled the lever, sending Watson to his death. I then
held off the mob with a shotgun. My friendship with Teddy
Roosevelt led to me becoming a Captain of Troop A in Grigsby's
Cowboy Regiment of Roosevelt's Rough Riders during the
Spanish-American War; although the troop never left training camp
in Louisiana before the war ended, I still earned the title of
captain. I died of cancer shortly thereafter, on September 23,
1919, in room 211 of the Bullock hotel. I was buried in Mount
Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, along with Wild Bill Hickok and
Calamity Jane, with my grave facing Mount Roosevelt.
9) I was
born on September 15, 1849, in Virginia. I drifted into Texas
working as a cowboy. In 1871, I started robbing banks and rustling
cattle, which at the time was a capital offense. In 1877, I was
arrested for robbing a bank in Comanche, Texas. I escaped from
Texas Ranger custody and moved to Ogallala, Nebraska and took up a
herd of cattle. While in Nebraska, I officially changed my name
and vowed to give up his outlaw ways.
I traveled to Oklahoma,
and became a respected U.S. Marshal under Judge Isaac Parker,
based out of Fort Smith, Arkansas. I worked with other famous
lawmen such as Heck Thomas, Chris Madsen, and Bill Tilghman during
that time. I arranged a meeting with the Governor of Texas. I
confessed that I was secretly Joe Horner, and the governor took my
law enforcement service into consideration and granted me a
pardon. I chose to be known by my alias for the remainder of my
lifetime. I died in 1927.
Who Am I?
Frank M. Canton
10) I was a successful rancher,
U.S. Marshal, Chief of Police, businessman, and pioneer of the Old
West. I was born in Kentucky in 1859, and for much of my young
childhood my father was away fighting for the Confederacy in the
Civil War. On April 22, 1889 I made the run that day and traded my
team, wagon and gear for a shack and lot. By the end of the
excitement, a noisy tent city had sprung up, and I was its leading
citizen, with his lot becoming Lot Number 1, Block Number 1,
As Oklahoma boomed I served as Chief of Police,
then Oklahoma City's first Sheriff (essentially the army left what
was a territory, declared it a state, and gave me the stockade and
a gun.) I later became a US Marshal (appointed by President Grover
Cleveland), serving with Bill Tilghman. I worked hard to control a
lawless, wild area, fighting Bill Doolin, Bill "Tulsa Jack" Blake,
the Dalton Gang, Richard "Little Dick" West, and others. I
personally rounded up five members of the Dalton Gang and
supervised their hanging. I died on December 10, 1934.
Charles Francis Colcord