William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) was an American hunter, scout, soldier, promoter, and showman. A colorful Old West character, "Buffalo Bill" became internationally famous through his long-running Wild West Show. Born in Iowa Territory, Cody served as a teamster during the Civil War and later worked as a Buffalo hunter providing meat to crews building the Kansas Pacific Railroad. He earned his nickname by shooting over 4,000 animals in just a few months. He also served as a scout for the U.S. Army from 1868-1872, during which time he earned the Medal of Honor and developed a lasting respect for American Indians. Beginning in the 1870s, Cody appeared in several Wild West Shows, eventually founding Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, which was active from 1883-1914. The show toured Europe on several occasions and made Cody an international celebrity. The show helped to shape public perceptions of the American "Wild West."
The Life of Buffalo Bill Codyby William F. Cody
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THE LIFE OF BUFFALO BILL CODY is an autobiographical account of the exciting and unusual life of Old West figure "Buffalo Bill" Cody. A decorated Army scout and hunter, Cody helped to shape the public image of the Old West through his enormously successful Wild West Show, which featured American Indians, frontiersmen, and exciting battle reenactments.
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