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William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson (1855–1921)

Born in Illinois in 1855, William Barclay Masterson, nicknamed "Bat", drifted westward as a teenager and tried his hand at such professions as buffalo hunter, army scout and gunfighter. While visiting his brother Jim in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1876, he was offered a job as deputy city marshal by the assistant city marshal, Wyatt Earp. Since Jim ... See full bio »


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Renowned as one of the fastest draws and deadliest shots in the West. However, unlike the character portrayed in the Bat Masterson (1958) TV series, he was not noted as a particularly snazzy dresser. See more »



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