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John Henry Holliday DOC Born August 14 1851 in Griffin Georgia Came from a very well known family Received his Doctor of Dental Surgery on March 1 1872 He immediately opened up a practice in Atlanta He soon discovered he had contracted tuberculosis The prognosis gave him a few months to live which might be extended if he moved to a dry climate He headed West to Gleenwood Springs He knew he didnt have much time to live and did not care if he lived or died He was often drunk and stood for no challenges from men The constant coughing made it difficult for him to practice dentistry and it was soon apparent that he had a natural talent for gambling A gambler had to be able to protect himself so Holliday practiced constantly with his gun and knife He had his first confrontation on January 2 1875 with a saloonkeeper in Dallas Neither man was hurt Days later he had a violent fight with a distinguished citizen He shot him twice leaving him dead The local law followed him close afterwards and he fled By 1875 Holliday was a seasoned professional gambler He ended up in Jacksboro a town near Fort Richardson Within a year he had been in half a dozen gunfights and had killed three men one of whom was a soldier Holliday was now on the run from the Army US Marshals Texas Rangers and local lawmen And there were also those trying to cash in on his death Three more men were killed before he reached Denver Doc killed another man in a dispute and fled Griffin Texas In Ft Griffin he met Big Nose Kate a prostitute and the only woman of his life He also met Wyatt Earp in Ft Griffin who was chasing Dave Rudabaugh a train robber from Dodge City Holliday helped Wyatt capture the man and they became fast friends
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