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Doc Holliday - Famous Cowboy Outlaw Or Sharp Shootin Businessman?
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John Henry Holliday, better known as Doc Holliday, was born August 14, 1851 in Griffin, Georgia. After a 12 year stint in Griffin, he and his family moved to Valdosta, Georgia where his mother, Alice, died of tuberculosis. This is important because Holliday was also diagnosed with tuberculosis at a fairly young age of around 20. Some believe that he contracted the disease from his mother while others lean more towards an infected dental patient.

During his stay in Valdosta, he attended the Valdosta Institute, a prestigious school of the time. Here is where he acquired his extensive education and became know as a man of intellect. Some four years later he attended dental school in Philadelphia where he received the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1872 from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. This is where the Alis "DOC HOLLIDAY" is derived from.

Holliday's dental career was short lived though. He stated later in life that he only practiced for about five years. Instead of dentistry, he found gambling to be much more lucrative. This endeavor came to light shortly after moving to Dallas, Texas in an attempt to relocate his dental practice. Along with gambling, Holliday was known to consume alcohol much of the time. In those days, it was thought to help control the cough associated with tuberculosis.

Holliday stood about 5'10" and around 160lbs with a fierce temper. Not an overly large man to say the least. With his fierce temper, Alcohol influenced and quick with a gun, a persona of a force to be reckoned with was earned.

His gambling led him to follow the game to many towns abroad. During these travels, his reputation grew as a deadly outlaw and known gambler. Through out these times he befriended few people, of which the most known where the Earp brothers and lady friend Mary Katharine Horony ("Big Nose Kate"). Of the Earp brothers, Wyatt was his dearest and closest friend to the end. At age 36, Doc Holliday took his last breath at the Hotel Glenwood Sanatorium on November 8, 1887 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Holliday was more know as an excellent gambler and faro dealer with a fast gun, more so than an outlaw. Not to say that he never operated on the other side of the law, just that there weren't many, if any public records to tie him to. Although not as publicly noted, Holliday's friends would say that he was a gentleman, good friend and even some what of a philosopher but never an outlaw. Many people of the time made claims that Holliday had committed countless acts of miscellaneous crimes, robbery and even murder. When truly, these claims were nothing more than gossip, hearsay and tall tales.

With all the clamor of Doc Holliday being branded as this famous Cowboy outlaw, there are few documented cases to support it. Most of his convictions were illegal gambling, assault and battery charges and unauthorized weapons within city limits. All the others, even the one documented murder arrest of 1879 in New Mexico, were either dismissed or deemed not guilty. Our alleged outlaw was even exonerated of all charges associated with the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Law officials found Holliday's actions to be that of a lawman and not of an outlaw.

Doc was some what of a frontier vagabond or nomad. If it wasn't in search of better climate to lessen the burden of the tuberculosis or to relocate his practice, it was the chase of the game of cards. After leaving Georgia to reestablish his dental practice in Dallas Texas, Doc unknowingly was about to embark on a life long journey of travel. These travels would take him to many places. Deadwood South Dakota, Fort Griffin Texas, Dodge City Kansas, Las Vegas New Mexico, Tombstone Arizona and Denver Colorado just to name a hand full.

Our acclaimed Famous outlaw didn't have many friends. Most of which stemmed from the Earp brothers (Virgil, Wyatt, Warren, Morgan). Doc was closest with Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan. But Wyatt was by far Doc's best friend. Although first meeting in Ft. Griffin, it was in Dodge City that sealed this friendship. Doc defended an out gunned Wyatt Earp in a saloon there. Creating a bond that would last a life time. Doc's other well known friend was Mary Katharine Horony ("Big Nose Kate"). She too was also befriended in Ft. Griffin Texas where they carried out an extensive relationship.

I think it's safe to say the Doc Holliday was defiantly a famous cowboy, but was he truly an outlaw? Yes, others had died from the back lash of his quick draw but does that make him an outlaw? Remember, all but one of his recorded killings were that of a lawman and the other dismissed due to bogus facts. Holliday was more of an old west nomad of sorts. He was educated, sophisticated, gentleman like, and a skilled professional who just happened to be quick with a gun. Folklore has him branded more as an outlaw. I view him as a wild west entrepreneur with a desire to travel, a willingness to make the best out of what he was dealt and a famous old west icon who helped shape our history as we know it. It's your call... famous cowboy outlaw, bandit, desperado, gunman or a man of education, professional trade, a flair for life, excitement and travel who was deadly with a gun. Thanks for joining me at FAMOUS COWBOY OUTLAWS where we aim to shoot it straight.


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