Buffalo Bill Cody: The Man behind the Legend

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Portions of the information used in this biography come from Don Russell's book The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill and Nellie Snyder Yost's Buffalo Bill: His Family, Friends, Fame, Failures, and Fortunes. Entries from these volumes will be designated “Russell” or “Yost.” Other sources include The Life of the Hon. William F. Cody, Known as Buffalo Bill, his first autobiography, designated Life, and Buffalo Bill's Life Story, designated Life Story. Addi/ tional sources are Richard Walsh's The Making of Buffalo Bill, “Walsh, and Sell and Wey/ bright's Buffalo Bill and the Wild West, “Sell”; Helen Cody Wetmore's Buffalo Bill, Last of the Great Scouts, “Wetmore”; Joseph G. Rosa and Robin May's Buffalo Bill and His Wild West, “Rosa and May”; R. L. Wilson with Greg Martin's Buffalo Bill's Wild West: An Amer/ ican Legend, “Wilson with Martin”; and Memories of Buffalo Bill by Louisa Cody with Courtney Ryley Cooper, Memories. For other works, the author and title will be listed for the first use; subsequent citations are listed only by author. Cody's letters, unless otherwise indicated, come from Stella Adelyne Foote's Letters from “Buffalo Bill, “Foote, or Sarah J. Blackstone's The Business of Being Buffalo Bill, “Blackstone.” Buffalo Bill's distinctive spell/ ing and grammar have not been “improved” in any way—except where absolutely neces/ sary for clarity.Other citations are specifically identified and dated, unless clearly indicated in the text.
1. a man of unusual appearanceYost, p. 401.
1. Colonel Cody was a high-minded gentlemanRussell, p. 469.
2. an American of AmericansRussell, p. 469.
2. He delighted millionsNew York Times, January 11, 1917.
3. I have got a mountainYost, p. 401.
3. It is my wish and I hereby directSell, p. 255.
3. Denver's mayor Robert W. SpeerTime, March 4, 1946.
3. “When the Kids Next Door Called You Buffalo Bill” appeared in the Denver Post on January 15, 1917.
4. indiscreet, prodigal, temperamentalGene Fowler, Timberline: A Story of Bonfils and Tammen, p. 372.
4. Judge Walls's report on Cody's estate appeared in the Denver Post on January 16, 1917.
4. where the last rays of the sunMemories, p. 324.


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