Wild Bill Hickok

1837 - 1876

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James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as "Wild Bill" Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his life on the frontier as a soldier, scout, lawman, cattle rustler, gunslinger, gambler, showman, and actor, and for his involvement in many famous gunfights. He earned a great deal of notoriety in his own time, much of it bolstered by the many outlandish and often fabricated tales he told about himself. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wild Bill Hickok has received more than 7,598,456 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Wild Bill Hickok is the 724th most popular military personnel (down from 638th in 2019), the 2,106th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,901st in 2019) and the 30th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 724 out of 2,058Before him are Ivan Bohun, Yasuji Okamura, Giovanni Andrea Doria, Jules Brunet, Sergey Akhromeyev, and Otto Kittel. After him are Nikolay Voronov, Joseph Boxhall, Hermann von Eichhorn, Mahmud Shevket Pasha, Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquess of Santa Cruz, and Osman Pazvantoğlu.

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Among people born in 1837, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 37Before him are Abraham Kuyper, James Murray, Joseph Bell, Arnold Janssen, Henry Draper, and Algernon Charles Swinburne. After him are Pierre Auguste Cot, Maria Domenica Mazzarello, Théodore Dubois, Georg Ebers, Ion Creangă, and Alexandre Guilmant. Among people deceased in 1876, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 22Before him are Hristo Botev, Antoine Jérôme Balard, Ferenc Deák, František Palacký, Harriet Martineau, and Narcisse Virgilio Díaz. After him are Juan Pablo Duarte, Philipp Mainländer, Duchess Caroline Mariane of Mecklenburg, Infanta Isabel Maria of Braganza, Eugène Fromentin, and George Smith.

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Among people born in United States, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 2,106 out of 20,380Before him are Ornette Coleman (1930), Steve Perry (1949), Bob Kahn (1938), Leroy Anderson (1908), R. L. Stine (1943), and Lou Gehrig (1903). After him are H. Robert Horvitz (1947), Robert Cialdini (1945), Josh Brolin (1968), Cus D'Amato (1908), Kurtwood Smith (1943), and Georgina Spelvin (1936).


Among military personnels born in United States, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 30Before him are Husband E. Kimmel (1882), Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (1915), Mark W. Clark (1896), William Halsey Jr. (1882), Abner Doubleday (1819), and James Bowie (1796). After him are George B. McClellan (1826), Doc Holliday (1851), Joseph E. Johnston (1807), Frank Jack Fletcher (1885), Henry H. Arnold (1886), and Alexander Haig (1924).