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Timothy “Longhaired” Courtright

Western Lawman. Born Timothy Isaiah Courtright, in 1848 at Sangamon County, Illinois, he had a reputation as being fast with a gun. He was at various times a jailer, hired killer, private detective and racketeer. In 1876, he was elected the first US Marshal of Fort Worth, Texas and inherited the task of cleaning up the un-ruled city. He became known for his long hair, it is believed that he killed at least five men during altercations and shootouts. During this time, he also used his badge as a matter of convenience as a part of a protection service to business owners, for a price. In early 1887, a gunfighter, gambler, named Luke Short drifted into town and was soon causing much disruption. On the night of February 8, 1887, during an altercation at the White Elephant Saloon, Courtright called Short out to the street. Short assured Courtright he was not armed, although he was and has moved toward Courtright, he started to open his vest. Courtright drew his pistol, but according to reports it hung up on his watch-chain and short fired four rapid shots. Courtright fell backward and died shortly thereafter. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)


  • January, 01, 1970
  • USA


  • February, 02, 1887
  • USA


  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • Texas
  • USA

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