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, 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. Some contemporaneous reports of his exploits are known to be fictitious, but they remain the basis of much of his fame and reputation.Hickok was born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois at a time when lawlessness and vigilante activity were rampant because of the influence of the "Banditti of the Prairie". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wild Bill Hickok has received more than 5,839,913 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Wild Bill Hickok is the 402nd most popular companion (up from 434th in 2019), the 1,847th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,105th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Companion.

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Among companions, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 402 out of 687Before him are Queen Anne of Romania, Blanche of Valois, Prince Joachim of Prussia, Gunilla Bielke, Natalia Sedova, and Berengaria of Barcelona. After him are Domitilla the Elder, Hemma, Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly, Elizabeth de Burgh, and Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow.

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Among people born in 1837, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 32Before him are James Murray, Abraham Kuyper, Arnold Janssen, Pierre Auguste Cot, Ilia Chavchavadze, and Édouard Stephan. After him are Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, Vasily Radlov, Ion Creangă, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Tippu Tip, and Henry Draper. Among people deceased in 1876, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 18Before him are Ildefons Cerdà, Antoine Jérôme Balard, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Francesco Maria Piave, Hristo Botev, and Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo. After him are Duchess Caroline Mariane of Mecklenburg, František Palacký, Ferenc Deák, Friedrich Christian Diez, Narcisse Virgilio Díaz, and Eugène Fromentin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 1,847 out of 15,968Before him are William A. Wellman (1896), Judd Hirsch (1935), Edward Weston (1886), Robert Wilson (1941), Patricia Cornwell (1956), and Sam Houston (1793). After him are John Carradine (1906), Lee Remick (1935), Frances Conroy (1953), Stanley Donen (1924), Lee J. Cobb (1911), and Thomas J. Watson (1874).

Among COMPANIONS In United States

Among companions born in United States, Wild Bill Hickok ranks 11Before him are Pat Nixon (1912), Mary Todd Lincoln (1818), Laura Bush (1946), Rosalynn Carter (1927), Mamie Eisenhower (1896), and Martha Washington (1731). After him are Abigail Adams (1744), Ellen Axson Wilson (1860), Rachel Jackson (1767), Martha Jefferson (1748), Hannah Van Buren (1783), and Sarah Yorke Jackson (1803).