- Seth Bullock was a Canadian-American lawman who embodied the positive side of the Western pioneer spirit.
- Bullock ran away from an abusive childhood home on several occasions, finally leaving for good at the age of eighteen.
- He settled in Helena (Montana) and helped create the Yellowstone National Park.
- After he became sheriff, he personally hanged his first man – a horse thief called Clell Watson.
- From all accounts, Bullock was a brave, fair-minded lawman, with good business sense.
- He partnered up with Sol Star and opened a hardware store in Helena.
- They later relocated to the gold-rush town of Deadwood (South Dakota), arriving the day before Wild Bill Hickok was murdered by Jack McCall.
- Because of his previous experience, Bullock was immediately appointed as the first sheriff of Deadwood.
- Wyatt Earp – the Deputy Marshall of Dodge City – challenged him for this position, but quickly backed down.
- Bullock married Martha Eccles Bullock. They had two daughters and a son.
- With Sol Star, he continued investing in the Deadwood area and helped bring in the railroad. Their interests eventually included a ranch, flour mill, and mining business.
- When the hardware store burnt down in 1894, they replaced it with the Bullock Hotel. It is still in operation today.
- Bullock was appointed the U.S. Marshall for South Dakota, and served in that position for nine years.
- He died of colon cancer in 1919, and is buried in Deadwood, alongside Hickok and Calamity Jane.
- In 1889, Bullock met Theodore Roosevelt and they became friends. Roosevelt said of him: “Seth Bullock is a true Westerner, the finest type of frontiersman.”
Legends of America, “Seth Bullock,” at http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-sethbullock.html
Wikipedia, “Seth Bullock” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seth_Bullock