(1823–86), known by his pseudonym Ned Buntline, was an adventurer, trapper, and soldier in the Far West, a founder of the Know-Nothing party, leader of the Astor Place riot, accused murderer, editor, and author, whose boisterous life reads like one of his own dime novels. In 1869 he met W.F. Cody, and, endowing him with the name Buffalo Bill, made him the hero of a series of dime novels, as well as the leading figure in his play The Scouts of the Plains (1873), in which Cody himself took the leading part. Judson was the author of more than 400 dime novels, a genre of which he was a creator.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.