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William F. Cody

a.k.a. William Frederick Cody, Buffalo Bill Cody *

Author Code: AWFC

Born: Feb. 26, 1846 - Leclair, Iowa, USA

Died: Jan. 10, 1917 - Denver, Colorado, USA

The son of an anti-slavery campaigner, Cody's early youth was spent in fear of reprisals by pro-slavery factions, eventually leading to his father's death in 1857. Cody worked as a rider for a freight company before joining the Pony Express when he was only 14. During the Civil War he served as a Union scout in Indian campaigns before joining the 7th Kansas Cavalry in 1863 and seeing action in Tennessee and Missouri. He continued to work as a scout after the war, but took a year off in 1867 to provide the Kansas Pacific Railroad with bison meat for their construction crews. It was at this time that he earned the nickname of Buffalo Bill after purportedly killing over four thousand bison. He became chief of scouts for the 5th Cavalry in 1868 and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1872 for his meritorious service during the Indian campaigns of these years. In 1916, the medal was revoked because he was not a regular member of the army at the time, but was restored posthumously in 1989. His reputation grew and was further expanded by the dime novel writer, Ned Buntline. Beginning in 1872, Cody began acting in recreations of his own achievements and publishing his own dime novels. After Custer's defeat in 1876, Cody was recalled as a scout and took part in numerous campaigns over the next few years before returning to his theatrical career. In 1879, he published his autobiography and in 1883 he organized the Buffalo Bill's Wild West, an outdoor show which dramatized frontier life. The show would eventually star some of the biggest names of the time including Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull. The show toured America and Europe and was a phenomenal success. In 1890, Cody once again returned to his scouting duties with the army during the "Ghost Dance" uprisings. In addition to his many adventures, Cody also ran an extensive cattle ranch and took part in development projects in Wyoming, helping to found the town of Cody there in 1895. He died from kidney failure and is buried at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

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