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Doc Holliday

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BC: Sources | http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-docholliday.html Legends of the Wild West: Wyatt Earp, by Adam Woog http://www.skyways.org/orgs/fordco/docholliday.html


1: Although he may be very well educated and a skillful gambler, he was one of the most deadly gunfighters in the Wild West.

2: "I found him a loyal friend and good company. He was a dentist whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long, lean blonde fellow nearly dead with consumption and at the same time the most skillful gambler and nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever knew." -Wyatt Earp speaking of Doc Holliday

3: Doc Holliday, born on August 14, 1851, grew up to become an educated and respected dentist. When he found out he had tuberculosis, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where his life would forever change.

4: When Doc Holliday moved to Texas, he had no job. He took up gambling, and became a skillful gambler. Since gambling was a dangerous occupation, he brought a gun and knife along with him.

5: Doc Holliday had his first gunfight on January 2, 1875 while gambling. No one was killed. | Doc Holliday and the other gunfighter ended up in jail after the gunfight.

6: After killing a soldier from Fort Richardson, Doc Holliday also killed multiple other people while running from the government.

7: When Doc Holliday went to Fort Griffin, Texas, he met several people that would change his life.

8: Doc Holliday met Wyatt Earp, a sheriff trying to catch Dave Rudabaugh, a train robber. Even though Holliday is a criminal and Earp a sheriff, they became friends. | Another person he met was Mary Catherine Elder Haroney, otherwise better known as "Big Nose" Kate. She was tough, stubborn, and had a temper like Holliday's.

9: One day, a group of criminals that knew Wyatt Earp tried to kill him, but Doc Holliday saved his life. Holliday was later arrested for violence. | "Big Nose" Kate devised a plan to get him out of town, so she set a shed on fire, causing a distraction, rescued Holliday, and escaped to Dodge City, Kansas.

10: Later in his life, he continued to gamble and gunfight. On November 8, 1887, Doc Holliday died of tuberculosis.

11: Doc Holliday is remembered for his intelligence and skill in gambling and gunfighting. He is also remembered for his strange relationship between him, a criminal, and Wyatt Earp, an outlaw-hunter. He had great influence on the Wild West.

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