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Whose birthday do I note today?

November 26, 2014

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Bat (Bartholomew) Masterson, born November 26, 1853 in Henryville, Quebec.

In 1873, Masterson left home and began working as a buffalo hunter and Indian scout in Dodge City, Kansas. Over the next decade, he worked intermittently as the Ford County sheriff (1877-79) and a deputy U.S. marshal (1879), but largely made his living as a saloonkeeper and gambler.

Masterson spent his later years in New York City. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him deputy U.S. marshal for the southern district of New York, a position that Masterson held until 1907. His enthusiasm for boxing and other sports led him to become a feature writer for Human Life Magazine, a sports writer, and eventually the sports editor of the New York Morning Telegraph Biography.com

The story of Bat’s last shootout, before he turned to law enforcement, is chronicled here.

Generally thought of as an icon of the Old West, Masterson died in 1921.  He suffered a heart attack at his desk in New York City where he was working as a journalist.

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