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Wyatt Earp



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Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was an American Old West lawman and gambler in Cochise County, Arizona Territory, and a deputy marshal in Tombstone. He worked in a wide variety of trades throughout his life and took part in the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, during which lawmen killed three outlaw Cochise County Cowboys. He is often erroneously regarded as the central figure in the shootout, although his brother Virgil was Tombstone city marshal and deputy U.S. marshal that day and had far more experience as a sheriff, constable, marshal, and soldier in combat.
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  • Personal 

  • California 

  • Lawman and marriage 

  • Lawsuits and charges 

  • Arrests in Peoria 

  • Wichita, Kansas 

  • Dodge City and Deadwood 

  • Move to Tombstone, Arizona 

  • First confrontation with the outlaw Cowboys 

  • Becomes deputy sheriff 

  • Town marshal shot 

  • Shibell election 

  • Behan wins election 

  • Relationship with Sadie Marcus 

  • Interest in mining and gambling 

  • Facing down a lynch mob 

  • Stagecoach robbers kill two 

  • September stagecoach robbery 

  • Charged with murder 

  • Cowboys' revenge 

  • Earp vendetta ride 

  • Life after Tombstone 

  • Idaho mining venture 

  • Later relationship with Josephine 

  • Fitzsimmons-Sharkey fight 

  • Klondike Gold Rush 

  • Saloon ownership and gambling 

  • Life in Los Angeles 

  • Movie connections 

  • Hollywood pallbearers 

  • Privately buried 

  • No regrets 

  • Physical description 

  • Contemporary reputation 

  • Negative publicity 

  • Reputation at death 

  • Walter Noble Burns 

  • Billy Breakenridge 

  • Frank Waters 

  • Allen Barra 

  • Fame 

  • Lake's biography 

  • Reputation as a teetotaler 

  • Colt Buntline Special 

  • Dubious claims by Earp 

  • Cultural image as Western lawman 

  • Josephine Earp memoir