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Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
August 09, 2012 M. Timothy Nolting    Courtsey Photo

James Butler Hickok

James Butler Hickok, later known as ‘Wild Bill,’ was born the fourth of six children in the mid-spring month of May 1837 in Homer, Illinois. James’ father, William Alonzo Hickok was born in Vermont in 1801 and his mother, Polly Butler came to the continent from England in the late 1820s. His three older brothers and two younger sisters would all live to a relatively old age but James was destined for a more adventurous, reckless and measurably sh...

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