(born May 27, 1837, Troy Grove, Ill., U.S.—died Aug. 2, 1876, Deadwood, Dakota Territory) U.S. frontiersman. He left home in 1865 to farm in Kansas, where he became involved in the Free State (antislavery) movement. He later served as a constable in Monticello, Kan. While working as a stage driver in 1861, he shot and killed the outlaw Dave McCanles; legends of his marksmanship probably began in the exaggerated accounts of his role in this incident. He was a Union scout and a spy in the American Civil War (1861–65); after the war, he was appointed deputy U.S. marshal (1866–67). His ironhanded rule as sheriff of Hays City (1869–71) and as marshal of Abilene (1871) helped tame these Kansas towns. While seated at a poker table in a saloon, he was shot dead by a drunken stranger, Jack McCall.
Birth Place: Troy Grove, Illinois, United States
Death Place: Deadwood, South Dakota, United States
Name: Hickok, Wild Bill or Wild Bill Hickok
Activity: American frontiersman
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A gunman who became famous for his skill with a pistol. James Butler Hickok worked variously as a gambler, wagonmaster, spy during the...
James Butler Hickok (1837-76), US soldier and scout, was called Wild Bill. As a renowned pistol shot in his early days, he served as a stage driver
This celebration held each year in Deadwood, South Dakota, is an attempt to revive the spirit of the gold rush days. It is timed to coincide as clos