Buffalo Bill

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William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the American state of Iowa), near LeClaire. He was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, and mostly famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes. Buffalo Bill received the Medal of Honor in 1872.


Nickname and work

William Frederick Cody ("Buffalo Bill") got his nickname after he undertook a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat, but left most of the buffalo to rot. The nickname was also given to Bill Comstock.[1] Cody earned the nickname by killing 4,280 American Bison (commonly known as buffalo) in eight months, (1867–68).[2] He and Comstock eventually competed in a shooting match over the exclusive right to use the name, which Cody won.[1]

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