Wild Bill Hickok Biography

James Butler Hickok —known as "Wild Bill" Hickok—was a folk character of the American Old West. Although some of his exploits as reported at the time were fictionalized, his skills as a gunfighter and gambler, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his enduring fame. Born and raised on a farm in rural Illinois, Hickok went west at age 18 as a fugitive from justice, first working as a stagecoach driver, then as a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, actor, and professional gambler. Hickok was involved in several notable shootouts. He was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory by an unsuccessful gambler. The card hand he held at the time of his death has come to be known as the "Dead Man's Hand". Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Wild Bill Hickok
Full Name:
James Butler Hickok
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Gunfighter, Reconnaissance
Date of Birth:
May 27, 1837
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
August 2, 1876
Age at Death:
39
Cause of Death:
Firearm, Murder
Wild Bill Hickok Timeline
  • 1865-07-21
    In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.
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