Richard Bullock

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Richard ″Dick″ Bullock
Born 20 August 1847
Ruthvoes, St Columb Major
Died 1921
Thorncroft Sanatorium, Glendale, California
Nationality British
Other names Dead-eye Dick
Deadwood Dick
Occupation miner
guard
stockbroker
Known for Guard on the Deadwood stagecoach


Richard "Dick" Bullock (20 August 1847 at Ruthvoes, near St Columb Major, Cornwall – 1921) was a Cornishman who once sang in a Methodist choir and later became a legendary figure of the Wild West Cowboy era. His quick-shooting deeds working on the Deadwood stage gained him the nickname "Deadwood Dick".

Biography[edit]

Early in life Bullock's family moved to nearby hamlet of Retew where his father, Captain John Bullock, became the manager of a local clay-works. He and his brother shared many common traits: each very strong, ardent Free Methodists, and great sporting shooters—-a skill that brought him many trophies.

In his mid-twenties, Bullock immigrated to America. He began working in the Black Hills of South Dakota first as a miner, and then as a bullion-guard for the Homestake Mine, which at that time was owned by Senator George Hearst, father of William Randolph Hearst. A bullion guard is somebody who protects gold shipments being transported by stagecoach. Around the age of 35, Bullock began to achieve fame. It is claimed that Bullock had a part in the death of Black Hills outlaw Cornelius Donahue (also known as "Lame Johnny"), although some sources dispute this. In later years Bullock was a stockbroker in Lead, South Dakota. He died at Thorncroft Sanatorium, Glendale, California, in 1921 at the age of 73.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bullock, Fred. ""Deadwood Dick" A Famous Cornishman". The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. Retrieved 27 May 2013.