William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), but he lived for several years in his father's hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.
One of the most famous and well-known figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill's legend began to spread when he was only 23. Shortly thereafter he started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours in the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and continental Europe.
✨ Buffalo Bill Trade Marks
★ Wild west legend and shows
★ Good with horses, ranch hand
★ Gold fever
★ Battle hardened war veteran (battled the indians & was in the American civil war)
Cody received the nickname "Buffalo Bill" after the American Civil War, when he had a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo (American bison) meat.
Cody is purported to have killed 4,282 buffalo in eighteen months in 1867 and 1868.
He filed for divorce in 1904, after 38 years of marriage. This decision was made after years of jealous arguments, bad blood between his wife and his sisters, and friction between the children and their father.
He died of kidney failure in 1917.
✨ Buffalo Bill Quotes:
"Wild Bill was anything but a quarrelsome man yet I have personal knowledge of at least half a dozen men whom he had at various times killed."
"General Custer was a close observer and student of personal character."
"I found Spotted Tail's lodge. He invited me to enter."