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Wyatt Earp

Birth place or City of origin: Monmouth
State of origin: IL
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Start/Birth date: 1848
Death/End date: 1929

Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp is best known for his participation in the controversial "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," which took place at Tombstone, Arizona, on October 26, 1881. In this legendary Old West encounter, Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and Doc Holliday faced off with Ike and Billy Clanton and Tom and Frank McLaury. The shootout and the bloody events that followed, combined with Wyatt Earp's penchant for storytelling, resulted in Wyatt Earp acquiring the reputation as being one of the Old West's toughest and deadliest gunmen of his day. Wyatt Earp would become the fearless Western hero in countless novels and films.

His made many controversial claims, including being City Marshall of Dodge City, killing rowdy cowboy George Hoy, backing down gunman Clay Allison in Dodge City during 1878, arresting notorious Texas gunman Ben Thompson, and that he killed Johnny Ringo. Fact or fiction? Corroborated or not? Historians and audience alike continue to view Wyatt Earp through rose-colored glasses as a superstar.

 

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