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Doc Holliday

Born: August 14, 1851, Griffin, Georgia
Died: November 8, 1887 (age 36), Glenwood Springs, Colorado

John Henry "Doc" Holliday was an American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter of the American Old West frontier who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterWhat do you know about "Doc" Holliday? Try this US Old West History Made Easy Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1. On September 16, 1866, what did Holliday's mother died of?

  • Tuberculosis
  • Gunfight
  • Hurricane accident

2. In 1870, the nineteen-year-old Holliday left home to begin dental school. Where did he attend dental school and get his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree?

  • Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery
  • Allegheny College of Dental Surgery
  • Duke College of Dental Surgery

3. He opened a dental office with Arthur C. Ford in Atlanta.  He was diagnosed with tuberculosis (generally called "consumption" in that era).  He was given only a few months to live, but thought moving to the drier and warmer southwestern United States might reduce the deterioration of his health.  In September 1873, where did he open a dental office?

  • Tombstone, Arizona
  • Dodge City, Kansas
  • Dallas, Texas

4. He soon began gambling and realized this was a more profitable source of income, since patients feared going to his office because of his ongoing cough.

  • Fact or Myth?

5. By 1877, Holliday was in Fort Griffin, Texas, where Wyatt Earp remembered first meeting him.  They were initially introduced through mutual friend John Shanssey.  Who else did he meet?

  • Johnny Behan
  • Buffalo Bill Cody
  • Mary Katharine Horony ("Big Nose Kate")

6. Wyatt's and Holliday's friendship was cemented in 1878 in Dodge City, Kansas, when Holliday defended Earp in a saloon against a handful of cowboys out to kill Wyatt.  Where did the event happen?

  • Los Vegas, Nevada
  • Los Vegas, New Mexico
  • Dodge City, Kansas

7. What weapon did Holliday carry into the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?

  • Colt .45
  • Winchester '73
  • Shotgun

8. After the Earp families left for California and safety, Holliday, Wyatt, Wyatt's younger brother, Warren, and a few of Wyatt's friends, rode on a vendetta for three weeks, during which Curly Bill Brocius and at least two other men thought to be responsible for Morgan's death were killed.  Who was NOT a member of the Earp Vendetta Ride?

  • William S. Hart
  • Turkey Creek Jack Johnson
  • Texas Jack Vermillion

9. Holliday spent the rest of his life in Colorado. After a stay in Leadville, he suffered from the effects of the high altitude; as a result of this and his increasing dependence on alcohol and laudanum, often taken by consumptives to ease their symptoms, his health, and evidently his gambling skills, began to deteriorate badly.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Doc Holliday buried?

  • Pioneer Cemetery, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Rosebud Cemetery, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Gunnison Cemetery, Gunnison, Colorado


Doc Holliday


  1. Tuberculosis
  2. Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery
  3. Dallas, Texas
  4. Fact
  5. Mary Katharine Horony ("Big Nose Kate")
  6. Dodge City, Kansas
  7. Shotgun
  8. William S. Hart
  9. Fact
  10. Pioneer Cemetery, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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