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January 12, 1910

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Bass Reeves ~ (US Marshall and first Black Deputy Marshall commissioned west of the Mississippi) dies (Category : People)
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Bass Reeves
The legend of Bass Reeves, believed to have been born in Texas or Arkansas in 1838, towers over those who know anything of the Old West. A former slave, he escaped into Indian terriority after knocking out his master. Fighting Civil War battles with the Creek and Seminole Indians, he would come to know the great Indian territories. It was that knowledge that led "Hanging" Judge Isaac C. Parker to hire him to track down criminals in that territory (as well as western Arkansas).

This was 1875. Bass Reeves would remain a deputy U.S. Marshall for about thirty five years. He is credited with over three thousand arrests in that time and was forced to kill only fourteen times during his long career.

Falling ill, Marshall Reeves retired and then passed away January 12, 1910. He was considered by many to be one of the greatest manhunters of all time, and was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1992.

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