William Frederick Cody also known as "Buffalo Bill" was born February 26, 1846 in Le Claire, Iowa. He obtained his nickname when he was working to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat. William's father was a staunch supporter of anti-slavery. While giving a speech at a local trading post he was attacked by a mob of slavery supporters and was stabbed. He never completely recovered and died in 1857 due to complications of his wound. The Cody family suffered great financial difficulties after the father's death. At age 11 William took a job with a freight carrier delivering messages. By the time he was 14 Cody joined the Pony Express. On March 6, 1866 Buffalo Bill married Louisa Frederici. Although the marriage was an unhappy one it produced four children, two of whom died young.

It was the age of traveling entertainment and in 1883 Cody put together a show called "Buffalo Bill's Wild West," which was an annual circus-like attraction. Well-known personalities such as Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull appeared in the shows along with horseback riders from all over the world displaying their ornate costumes. There were shooting exhibitions, feats of skill, staged races, and sideshows. Buffalo Bill Cody was one of the most revered and colorful figures of the Old West. He received the Medal of Honor in 1872 while serving as a civilian scout for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. On January 10, 1917 Cody died of kidney failure. His grave is located on Lookout Mountain in Colorado, at the edge of the Rockies overlooking the Great Plains.

Information for this biography was obtained from "Wikipedia"

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