Billy the Kid

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Billy the Kid
William Henry McCarty, Jr.
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Livestock Rustler (Horses only) Cowboy Outlaw Murderer

Billy the Kid,

1859–81, American outlaw, b. New York City. His real name was probably Henry McCarty; he was known as William H. Bonney. His family moved to Kansas and then to New Mexico when he was a child. He frequented saloons and gambling halls and killed several men during his teens. In 1878 he led a gang in the Lincoln co. cattle war, killed two deputies, and engaged in large-scale cattle rustling. John S. ChisumChisum, John Simpson
, 1824–84, American cattleman, b. Tennessee. In 1837 he moved with his family to Texas. He had no formal education but worked as a builder and contractor, building the first courthouse in Paris, Tex.
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 and other cattlemen secured (1880) the election of a new sheriff sworn to rid the country of the cattle thieves. Billy the Kid was captured, tried, and sentenced to death. He escaped but was again trapped and was shot by Sheriff Pat F. Garrett.

Bibliography

See biographies by P. F. Garrett (1882, repr. with introd. by J. C. Dykes 1967), R. N. Mullin (1967), C. A. Siringo (1967), and C. W. Breihan (1970).

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Billy the Kid

(William H. Bonney, 1859–1881) infamous cold-blooded killer. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 30]

Billy the Kid

(William H. Bonney, 1859–1881) Brooklyn-born gunman of the Wild West. [Am. Hist.: Worth, 27]
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Billy the Kid

nickname of William H Bonney. 1859--81, US outlaw
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Billy the Kid

See Bonney, William H.
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