Profession: Frontier lawman
Why Famous: Wyatt Earp was a central figure in the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone. Prior to his time in Tombstone Wyatt had moved around the western boom towns, often getting into trouble, though he served as an assistant city marshal in Dodge City, Kansas.
In 1881 Earp, along with his brothers Morgan and Virgil Earp and together with Doc Holliday faced off against cowboys the Canton gang. Three of the Canton gang were killed and Morgan, Virgil and Doc were injured.
The gun fight only really reached public attention in 1931 when a biography was published of Wyatt Earp, two years after his death. His brother Virgil who was actually the city marshal that day may have played the more central role.
- 1870-01-10 Deputy sheriff Wyatt Earp (21) weds Urilla Sutherland in Lamar, Texas
- 1881-10-26 Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed