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Wyatt Earp is the best known of all the frontier lawman of the American West. Soft-spoken with nerves of steel, he survived countless gunfights due to his extraordinary patience and resolute manner. But, Earp wasn’t just the famous lawman of Dodge City and Tombstone fame; he was also a buffalo hunter, a miner, card dealer, stagecoach driver, saloon owner, and much more throughout the years.
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  Wyatt Earp-Frontier Lawman http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-wyattearp.htmlWyatt EarpWyatt Earpis the best known of all the frontierlawmanof the American West. Soft-spoken with nerves of steel, he survived countless gunfights due to his extraordinary patience and resolutemanner. But,Earpwasn’t just the famouslawmanof Dodge CityandTombstonefame; he was also abuffalohunter, a miner, card dealer, stagecoach driver,saloonowner, and much more throughout the years.Wyatt Berry Stapp Earpwas born to Nicholas Earp and VirginiaEarpin Monmouth,Illinoison March 19, 1848.His father was a lawyer and a farmer who had formerly served in the Army.The would-belawmanwas named for his father’s former Army captain. Older brothersJames and Virgilwere ages seven and five by the timeWyattcame along. He also had an older sister named Martha who was three.  Just two years later, the family moved to Iowa where Nicholas established a farm. Soon threemore siblings would join the rapidly growing family–Morganin 1851, Warren in 1855, and  Adelia in 1861. NicholasEarpalways had a high regard for land and for the law, instilling in his children the same respect.In 1864 the family moved to Colton,CalifornianearSan Bernardino. Along the way,Wyattwas given his first weapon-- a combination shotgun and rifle,to help protect the family against attackingIndians. YoungWyattsoon acquired a six-gun and practiced everyday, becoming a deadly marksman.When he arrived inCalifornia, he worked as a teamster and arailroad worker for a time. But soon he began to work his wayback east as a buffalo hunter, wagon train scout, and a railroadhand.By 1870Wyatthad worked his way to Lamar,Missouri, where he fell in love and married Urilla Sutherland. However, their time together was to be brief,when Urilla died within a year of their marriage. Historical facts vary as to the cause of herdeath–some saying she died in childbirth, while others indicated that she died of typhoidfever.Heartbroken,Wyattheaded toIndian Territory(nowOklahoma,) working as a buffalo hunter and stagecoach driver.However, heand two travel companions were soon accused of stealing horses. Paying his bail,Wyattfled toKansasbefore the case ever came to trial. In 1871EarpmetWild Bill Hickok in Kansas City, along with other western legends including Buffalo Bill Cody, Jack Gallagher, Billy Dixon and Jim Hanrahan.Wyattwould later say of  Wild BillHickok , Bill Hickok was regarded as the deadliest pistol shot alive as well as being a man of great courage. The truth of certain stories of Bill’sachievements may have been opento debate but he had earned the respect paid to him.” Wild BillhelpedWyattto become a betterbuffalohunter, whereWyattmetBat Mastersonon the openKansasprairie.  August, 1873 foundWyattin Ellsworth,Kansas. It was here that theEarplegend began.Ellsworth, a railhead where huge herds of cattle were driven north fromTexas, waswild with drunkencowboysshooting up the town.Two of thesecowboyswere Billy andBen Thompson, lethal gunmen who would rather resort to gunplay than talk out an argument.Wyatthad heard of the two killers and chose not to play at the same gaming tables with theunpredictable men. But before long he got caught up with them on August 15, 1873. WhileEarpwas standing across the street from Brennan’sSaloonhe heard the sounds of an argument coming from the gambling house. The Thompsons had started a dispute with twoother gamblers named John Sterling and Jack Morco, a locallawman. The disturbance soonbrought Sheriff Chauncey B. Whitney and two deputies.Sterling and Morco charged at the Thompsons, guns blazing, butBen Thompsondrove them off with a volley of shots.Then Billy Thompson, a homicidal maniac and hopeless alcoholic,turned hisgun on Sheriff Whitney, who prior to this had been a drinking companion and friendto the two brothers.At point-blank range, he shot the sheriff down.  Ben Thompson, one timeoutlawandlawman Wyatt, at first, watched the events without interfering as he saw Ellsworth Mayor, James Miller,enter thesaloonand demand that Thompson surrender his guns. When Thompson refused, Miller went in search of Whitney’s deputies who had inexplicably disappeared from the sceneafter the sheriff was shot.Dismayed whenWyattspotted the two deputies cowering on the sidelines, he remarked to thepassing Mayor Miller, It’s none of my business but if it was me I’d get me a gun and arrestBen Thompsonor kill him.” Miller then tore the badge off of Deputy Norton’s chest and walkingback toEarp, said: I’ll make it your business.” Wyattwatched, stunned, asBen Thompsonswaggered out of thesaloonand mounted his horse, as brother Ben waved him goodbye. What kind of a town is this? he snapped at thedeputies and mayor, who now stood meekly across the square.Borrowing a pair of six shooters, he followedBen Thompsonwho, was now about a block  away. When he caught up with him he demanded thatThompsonthrow down his gun.Thompson, who knew of Earp, complied andWyattmarched him to jail.Ben Thompson was fined $25 for disturbing the peace and a warrant for murder was issued for his brother Bill.  So impressed was Mayor Miller that he offeredWyattthe job of town marshalat $125.00 amonth. ButEarpdeclined, handing Miller back the badge, and saying that he intended to go into the cattle business with his brothers.Ben Thompson, who would later turnlawmanhimself, would say toBat Mastersonin subsequent years, that he had a powerful hunch thatWyattwould have killed him if he hadn’tthrown down his gun. The story of howEarphad backed downBen Thompsonsoon spread up and down theChisholm Trailand theWyatt Earplegend was born. In the spring of 1874,Wyattmoved on to Wichita,Kansas, yet anotherWild Westtown. In Wichita,Wyattworked as a part-time lawman and city maintenance man, making about $60.00per month. However, he was fired from the police force aftergetting into a fight with William Smith, who was running for city marshal againstMike Meagher, who was a friend of Wyatt's. Furthermore,Wyattwas almost arrested himself fordischarging his weaponin public.Thoughthe incident was an accident, it didn't speak well of a lawman. When he was sitting in a localsaloonwith his feetup ona table, his pistol fell out of it's holster and hitthe floor and the gunwent off. The bullet went through his coat and into the wall. Before, moving on toDodge City,Wyattand his brother,James, were almost arrested for vagrancy and some reports have it that Wyattstole city tax money before hightailing it toDodge. Wichita,Kansasin 1874, illustration from Harper's Weekly
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