Masterson, Bat, 1853-1921

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1853-11-26
Death 1921-10-25
English

Biographical notes:

Bat Masterson (born William Barclay Masterson, Nov. 26, 1853, Henryville, Quebec–d. Oct. 25, 1921, New York City, NY) moved to the Grait Plains as a teen to hunt buffalo. In 1874 he was involved in a five-day siege by several hundred Comanche Indian warriors at Adobe Walls, Texas; Masterson was one of just 28 hunters who defended the outpost during the attack. He then signed on as a U.S. Army scout with Colonel Nelson Miles. Masterson moved to Dodge City, Kansas and became sheriff in 1877. In 1886 he relocated to Denver, Colorado and was known as a gambler and prizefighter. He then became a well known reporter and columnist for the New York Morning Telegraph after a move to New York City in 1902. Masterson was a close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt and became one of the "White House Gunfighters" who received federal appointments from Roosevelt.

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Subjects:

  • Johnson County War, 1892--Anecdotes

Occupations:

  • Journalists
  • Sheriffs

Places:

  • Dodge City, KS, US
  • Denver, CO, US
  • Henryville, 10, CA
  • New York City, NY, US