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Who Am I?  Old West Cowboys

These are all well known Old West Cowboys.  I will give you some information and you pick the correct lawmen.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Take 2 points for each right answer.  Maximum this page: 20 points!

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) I was born Hardeman County, Tennessee on August 15, 1824. My family moved to Texas in 1837.  I got involved in the cattle business in 1854 and became one of the first to send his herds to New Mexico. I obtained land along the Pecos River by right of occupancy and eventually became the owner of a large ranch in the Bosque Grande, about forty miles south of Fort Sumner, with over 100,000 head of cattle. In 1866-67, I formed a partnership with cattlemen Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving to assemble and drive herds of cattle for sale to the Army in Fort Sumner and Santa Fe, New Mexico, to provide cattle to miners in Colorado as well as provide cattle to the Bell Ranch.  I was a business associate of Alexander McSween, a principal figure in the Lincoln County War. With money, advice, and influence behind the scenes, I played a role in the dispute between the opposing factions of cattle farmers and business owners. When I died in Eureka Springs on December 20, 1884, I was unmarried and left my estate worth $500,000 to my brothers Pitzer and James.
Who Am I?

  1. Abe Vigoda

  2. John Chisum

  3. Max McGee

2) My nickname was "Pistol Pete." I was an author, cowboy, scout, Indian fighter, and Deputy U. S. Marshal for Judge Isaac C. Parker. I was born on October 26, 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut, and at eight years old I moved with my family to Twin Mounds, Kansas in Osage County to homestead. When I was eight years old, my father, a Vigilante, was shot in cold blood by six former Confederates, who during the war had served with the Quantrill Raiders. The six men, from the Campsey and the Ferber clans, rode with the southerners who after the war called themselves "Regulators."  At the age of fifteen, before setting off on his mission to avenge his father's death, I decided to visit Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, a cavalry fort, to learn more about handling a gun. Although too young to join the army, I out shot everyone at the fort and competed with the cavalry's best marksmen, beating them each time. After many competitions, the fort's commanding officer, Colonel Copinger, gave me a marksmanship badge and a new nickname. From that day forward, I would be known as "Pistol Pete." I began serving in Indian Territory as a deputy U.S. Marshal at the age of seventeen, under Judge Isaac C. Parker, who was known as the "hanging judge." My territory extended from southern Kansas to northern Texas. I would later say that from the start of my career as a lawman I began tracking down my father's killers, claiming that by 1887 I had killed five, and that the sixth only escaped my sixgun by being shot by someone else in a dispute over a card game. I would serve as either a marshal, a sheriff or a deputy sheriff until late in life. At twenty-nine, I joined the land rush to Oklahoma Territory. I settled southwest of Perkins, Oklahoma where I served as sheriff and later became a blacksmith. I was married twice, had nine children, 31 grandchildren, and lived to see three great-great-grandchildren. I died on April 8, 1958 at the age of 97.
Who Am I?

  1. Phil Mansfield

  2. Keith Richards

  3. Frank Eaton

3) In 1854, I was born in Collin County, Texas. My father was a cattleman, and owned and operated two freight wagons. In 1870, I was arrested for horse theft and sentenced to two years in prison. However, because of my youth, I was released after only a short time that same year. By the late 1870s, I had a reputation as being fast with a gun. In 1878, an argument between me and four Mexican vaqueros erupted. Over time, with a new family I began a more settled life by working in the cattle business. I served briefly in 1883 as acting sheriff of Uvalde County, Texas.  In 1884, while in San Antonio, Texas, on business, I came into contact with his old friend, gunfighter and gambler Ben Thompson. We attended a play on March 11, 1884 at the Turner Hall Opera House, and later, at around 10:30 pm, we went to the Vaudeville Variety Theater. A volley of gunfire erupted from another theater box, with a hail of bullets hitting both Thompson and me. I was shot thirteen times, and did fire one round in retaliation. I was buried on my ranch. My body was later moved to the Pioneer Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas.
Who Am I?

  1. Max Maddox

  2. King Fisher

  3. Fife Symington

4) I was born on March 5, 1836 in Macoupin County, Illinois, east of St. Louis, Missouri. I moved to Texas in 1846 with his mother and stepfather, Hiram Daugherty. In 1856, I became a cowboy and served with the local militia, fighting against Comanche raiders. At the outbreak of the Civil War, I joined the Confederate States of America. Most of my time was spent as part of a frontier regiment guarding against raids by Indians. In 1866, Oliver Loving and I drove their first herd of cattle northward. I invented the chuckwagon, which was first used on the initial cattle drive.  On July 26, 1870, I married Mary Ann "Molly" Dyer, a teacher from Weatherford, located west of Fort Worth. After my wife Molly died in April 1926, Goodnight became ill himself. He was nourished back to health by a 26-year-old nurse and telegraph operator from Butte, Montana. On March 5, 1927, I turned ninety-one and married the younger Corinne. I died on December 12, 1929 in Tucson, Arizona.
Who Am I?

  1. Charles Goodnight

  2. Bruce Wayne

  3. Allan Lane

5) Born in 1854, I was an African American cowboy. I was born a slave in Davidson County, Tennessee. Despite slavery era statutes that outlawed black literacy I learned to read and write as a child with the help of my father. I went west to Dodge City, Kansas, and became a cowboy. I entered a rodeo on the 4th of July in 1876. I won the rope, throw, tie, bridle, saddle and bronco riding contests. My fans called me by the nickname "Deadwood Dick."  In October 1877, I was captured by a band of Akimel O'odham (Pima) while rounding up stray cattle near the Gila River in Arizona. I reported that his life was spared because the Indians respected his fighting ability. I stole a pony and managed to escape into West Texas.  I spent the latter part of his life working as a Pullman porter. I died in Los Angeles at age 67 in 1921.
Who Am I?

  1. Ira Hayes

  2. Nat Love

  3. Mark Reynolds

6) On December 4, 1812, I was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky. My brother, and my brother-in-law and I moved our families to the Republic of Texas. By 1855 I had moved to the future Palo Pinto County, Texas, where I ran a country store and ranched on Keechi Creek a few miles north of the town of Salesville. In 1866, having heard about the probable need for cattle at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where some 8,000 American Indians had been settled on a reservation, I gathered a herd, combined it with that of Charles Goodnight, and began a long drive to the fort. Our trail became famous. Although I told Goodnight that I would travel at night through American Indian country, I became impatient and pushed ahead during the day. My careless action brought a Comanche attack in which I was seriously wounded. I reached Fort Sumner, only to die there of gangrene. Before I died Goodnight assured me that my wish to be buried in Texas would be carried out. After a temporary burial at Fort Sumner, while Goodnight drove the herd on to Colorado, Goodnight had my body exhumed and carried back to Texas. I was reburied there in Greenwood Cemetery on March 4, 1868.
Who Am I?

  1. Oliver Loving

  2. Ace Freely

  3. Michael McWeeney

7) The son of slaves who was born in Midway, Texas, I was about 14 years old when the Civil War ended. I worked as an oxen driver, working on freighters. I reportedly learned how to read from fellow cow punchers. I taught himself to read, write, speak Spanish, play the fiddle and guitar, eventually becoming an amateur archaeologist and historian. In 1868, I arrived in New Mexico, and became a foreman on the Thomas Owens Pitchford Ranch.  Later in my life, I was a buffalo hunter, and eventually worked for several ranches in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.  I was also reported to be an expert bronc rider and one of the best ropers in the United States.  When I died in 1922, I was buried at the Folsom Cemetery in Folsom, New Mexico.
Who Am I?

  1. George Washington Reynolds

  2. George McJunkin

  3. George Mansfield

8) I was a cowboy and rodeo performer. I was born on December 5, 1870 or 1871 in the Jenks-Branch community of Travis County, Texas. I attended school through the fifth grade, after which I took up hard ranching work. I invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. In 1890 I married Maggie Turner, a former slave and daughter to a white southern plantation owner. We had nine children. In 1905, I joined the 101 Ranch Wild West Show that featured the likes of Buffalo Bill, Cowboy Bill, Will Rogers, Tom Mix, Bee Ho Gray, and Zach and Lucille Mulhall. In 1932, I was kicked in the head by a horse while working horses at the 101 Ranch and died of his injuries a few days later, at the age of 61. Will Rogers announced my funeral on the radio. I is buried north of Marland, Oklahoma.
Who Am I?

  1. Wilson Pickett

  2. Bill Pickett

  3. Norman Rogers

9) I (July 10, 1824, New York City April 14, 1885, San Antonio, Texas) was a riverboat captain, entrepreneur, and most notably, the founder of a ranch in South Texas, which at the time of his death in 1885 encompassed over 600,000 acres.

I married Henrietta M. Chamberlain on December 10, 1854 in Brownsville, Texas. We had 5 children, Nettie, Ella, Richard, Alice Gertrude, and Robert E. Lee, the latter named for the family friend, Robert E. Lee. I died of stomach cancer at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio on April 14, 1885, at age 60.  I was buried in San Antonio; upon my wife's death in 1925, I was re-interred with her on the ranch.
Who Am I?

  1. Tex Ritter

  2. Bradford Grimes

  3. Richard King

I (April 30, 1867, near Aurora, Illinois-September 5, 1956, Diamond A Ranch, New Mexico) was an American lawman and cattleman in the final years of the Old West. Im most remembered for my capture of the notorious border bandit Augustine Chacon in 1902, though I was also a successful businessman that owned the large Diamond A Ranch in New Mexico.

After the capture of Augustine Chacon, I resigned from my position as Arizona Ranger Captain in July of 1902 to focus on a peaceful life as a businessman in Bisbee, Arizona. I later returned to the cattle business and purchased the Diamond A Ranch, near Roswell, New Mexico, where I died of old age on September 5, 1956 and was buried at the Mount Washington Cemetery in Independence, Missouri.
Who Am I?

  1. Burton C. Mossman

  2. Thomas H. Rynning

  3. Harry C. Wheeler

Old West Cowboys
(Answers)

1) A.  2) C.  3) B.  4) A.  5) B.  6) A.  7) B.  8) B.  9) C.  10) A.

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