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Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp Wyatt Earp was born on March 19 1848 He is the son of Nicholas Earp a lawyerfarmer and Virginia Earp and was born at 406 South Third Street Monmouth Illinois Wyatt was given the name of his fathers Army captain When Wyatt was quiet young his two older brother James and Virgil went off to fight in the Civil War for the Union A story is told in which Wyatt tried to run away and join the Army but his father caught him in a corn field and took him back to the house As a young man Earp was a stagecoach driver railroad construction worker surveyor buffalo hunter and lawman In his early adulthood Wyatt married and his wife died shortly after of Typhoid fever Wyatt was devastated and went off and got into some trouble for horse stealing Later he became a stagecoach driver and traveled to Los Angeles Ca and Prescott Arizona Wyatt also hunted buffalo for so me time There are rumors that it was during this tiem that Wyatt met Bat Masterson In 1876 he became chief deputy marshal of Dodge City Kansas a lawless frontier town Within a year having brought relative peace to Dodge City he moved on to Deadwood in the Dakota Territoy In the fall of 1879 Wyatt and his brothers Morgan and Virgil journeyed by horseback down to Tombstone Arizona There he furthered his reputation as a gunfighter first as deputy sheriff of Pima Co and later as deputy US marshal for the entire Arizona Territory Earp and three of his brothers together with the American frontiersman Doc Holliday participated in the famous OK Corral gunfighter in 1881 during which they killed several suspected cattle rustlers The following year Ike Clanton attempted to kill Wyatt and Morgan while they were playing pool Morgan was killed Wyatt killed Frank Stilwell and became a
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