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Billy the Kid

(1859—1881)


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Sobriquet of William H. Bonney (1859–81), desperado of the Southwest, who was a leader in the Lincoln County cattle war in New Mexico. His subsequent career of wholesale cattle stealing brought his score of murders to 21 before he was finally killed by a sheriff. The Kid is the subject of many stories and ballads, and he has been apotheosized in dime novels and serious fiction.

Subjects: Literature.


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