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Seth Bullock

Seth Bullock (July 23, 1849 – September 23, 1919) was a Western sheriff, hardware store owner and U.S. Marshal.

What do you know about Seth Bullock? Try this US Old West History Made Easy Quiz.
 "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) Many of the details of Bullock's early life are lost. He is born in Amherstburg, Canada West (now Ontario).

  • True or False?

2) His father, retired Army officer and hero George Bullock, is known to be active in the politics. Who is the country he is a retired officer of?

  • United States
  • German
  • British
  • French

3) In 1873, he is elected sheriff of Lewis and Clark County, Montana. What national park is he credited in helping to create?

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park

4) During his tenure as sheriff, he kills his first man, Clell Watson. Watson has stolen a horse and after a gunfight with Bullock, in which Bullock is slightly wounded in the shoulder, Watson is taken into custody. When Watson is prepared to be hanged, a lynch mob appears and scares off the executioner. Bullock climbs the scaffold and pulls the lever, sending Watson to his death.

  • True or False?

5) In August 1876, Bullock and his partner decide an untapped market for hardware existed in the gold rush town of Deadwood, South Dakota. Who is his partner?

  • Mark Reynolds
  • Sol Star
  • Matt Hatter
  • Tim McCoy

6) Bullock meets his match, however, in Al Swearengen, proprietor of the notorious Gem Theater, Deadwood's most notable brothel.

True or False?

7) When appointed sheriff, one of Bullock's first duties is to confront old west lawman , who is possibly interested in the sheriff's job. Bullock tells him Earp that his services are not needed and that he should leave. A week later he leaves Deadwood.

  • Bat Masterson
  • Cheyenne Bodie
  • Wyatt Earp
  • Buffalo Bill Cody

8) Having attained some stability in Deadwood, Bullock brought his wife Martha Eccles Bullock. How many children did they have?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

9) Bullock meets a deputy sheriff from Medora, North Dakota, in 1884 while bringing a horse thief known as Crazy Steve into custody on the range, near what would become the town of Belle Fourche. The two quickly became lifelong friends. Who is the deputy sheriff?

  • Ben Johnson
  • Tom Mix
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Col. Tim McCoy

10) In 1905, Bullock is then appointed U.S. Marshal for Arizona for the next nine years.
True or False?

11) Bullock died of testicular cancer shortly thereafter, on September 23, 1919, in room 211 of the Bullock hotel. What room does Bullock die in?

  • 111
  • 211
  • 311
  • 411

12) Where is he buried?

  • Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, South Dakota
  • Holy Mount Cemetery, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Morning Sun Memorial Park, Kansas City, Missouri

Seth Bullock

  1. True
  2. British
  3. Yellowstone National Park
  4. True
  5. Sol Star
  6. True
  7. Wyatt Earp
  8. 3
  9. Theodore Roosevelt
  10. False.  In 1905, Bullock is then appointed U.S. Marshal for South Dakota for the next nine years.
  11. 211
  12. Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, South Dakota

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