William M. Tilghman Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles


Died: Circa 1924
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Tilghman, a saloon keeper and marshal at Dodge City in the 1880s, was appointed Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1892. Over the next two decades, Tilghman was instrumental in exterminating the outlaw gangs of Oklahoma and tracking down the infamous Bill Doolin and his gang, called the "Oklahombres". A gunfight took place five months after Tilghman signed this document. On September 6, 1895, near Elgin, Kansas, Tilghman located Little Bill Raidler, a member of the Doolin gang. Armed with a rifle, Tilghman and two deputies secluded themselves at the ranch where Raidler was staying. When he rode in to eat supper, Raidler was ordered to surrender. Raidler drew his pistol and fired off a wild shot. Tilghman, just ten feet away, fired at Raidler, breaking his right wrist and sending his gun flying. Little Bill turned and ran but was hit by a shotgun blast fired by one of the deputies. Tilghman arrested Raidler, carefully brought him into town, later helping him obtain a parole.

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