Bat Masterson was a reputed western cowboy who ran bad men "the hell out of Dodge" before later becoming a journalist. This guide provides access to materials related to “Bat Masterson” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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A courageous, dead-shot Western cowboy, Bat Masterson (1853-1921) famously ran the bad men “the hell out of Dodge”. In his wild, boisterous life, Masterson was a marshal, a sheriff, a criminal, a scout, a journalist and a sportsman. Read more about it!
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Masterson settles in Dodge City and is elected county sheriff.
Reportedly meets Wyatt Earp, another Old West lawman.
After various arrests, Masterson settles in New York.
Restarts his career as a journalist through his thrice weekly column "Masterson's View on Timely Topics."
Appointed by Theodore Roosevelt as U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York.
October 25, 1921
Dies from a heart attack after writing his final column for the New York Morning Telegraph.