Doc Holliday Fact Sheet: Who was Doc Holliday? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Doc Holliday.
Doc Holliday Fact File: Lifespan: 1851 - 1887 *** Full Name: John Henry Holliday *** Nickname: Doc Holliday *** Occupation: American Dentist, Gambler and Gunfighter and *** Date of Birth: Doc Holliday was born on August 14th 1851 *** Place of Birth: Doc Holliday was born in Griffin, Georgia, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Henry Burroughs Holliday and his mother was Alice Jane McKey. His family originated from England. His father served in the military during the Mexican-America and Civil Wars on the side of the Confederates *** Early life and childhood: Little is known of his early childhood but when he was thirteen the family moved to Valdosta in Georgia. Two years later his mother died of tuberculosis which would also kill his stepbrother Francisco. His father remarried *** Education: Doc Holliday attended the Valdosta Institute where he was educated in a classically secondary education which included mathematics, rhetoric, grammar, history and languages including Latin, Ancient Greek and French ***
Doc Holliday Fact 1: Doc Holliday was born on August 14th 1851 and during the 19th century period in history when slavery would largely become abolished during this century with slave revolts in Britain, Haiti and France. In particular in America the Civil War of 1861 to 1864 saw the abolition of slavery and in England the Slavery Abolition Act saw the British Royal Navy put an end to the global slave trade.
Doc Holliday Fact 2: As a nineteen year old in 1870 he moved to Philadelphia where he began to attend dental school. The following year he graduated.
Doc Holliday Fact 3: Once qualified he moved briefly to St Louis in Missouri where he assisted A. Jameson Fuches, Jr a classmate. He then moved on to Atlanta where he lived with his family and an uncle so he could begin to build his own practice.
Doc Holliday Fact 4: Not long after he began his own practice he became sick and was diagnosed with tuberculosis which he may have caught from his mother. He was told that a warmer and drier climate could extend his life past the few months he was given to live and so he decided to move to Dallas in Texas.
Doc Holliday Fact 10: He eventually settled in Denver using the name Tom Mackey and managed to get a job working as a Faro dealer. During a game with a local gambler called Bud Ryan, an argument broke out and subsequently a knife fight as well in which Ryan was left wounded seriously.
Doc Holliday Fact 11: By 1876, he heard gold had been found in Wyoming and so decided to up sticks and travelled to Cheyenne where he found work as a dealer with his previous employers partner who owned a saloon in the town.
Doc Holliday Fact 12: He travelled around from Cheyenne to Dakota, back to Cheyenne before moving on to Denver and then Kansas before returning to Texas and setting up in Breckenridge. In July of 1877 he became involved in a disagreement with Henry Kahn. They were both arrested and fined. Later that same day, Kahn approached Holliday, who was unarmed, and shot him, seriously wounding him.
Doc Holliday Fact 16: Holliday decided to move with Kate to Dodge City where Earp was. He set up his dentistry practice and still worked and it was at this time that he became known as Doc. It was also at this time that he assisted Earp and would save his life.
Doc Holliday Fact 17: Having decided to move town and had chosen Tombstone which was a up and coming town as Dodge City had been, Wyatt encouraged his brother Virgil together with their wives and Doc and Kate they headed for Dodge City.
Doc Holliday Fact 19: By 1880 Holliday had met up again with Earp and his brothers, Virgil, James and Morgan with their wives in Tombstone. There is some suggestion that Wyatt Earp actually asked for Holliday’s help as he was good with a gun, with a local problem.
Doc Holliday Fact 20: Holliday together with the Earp brothers were in charge of law enforcement in Tombstone. On one occasion it was reported that a group of men, known as the Cowboys, had entered the town and refused to hand in their weapons which was against the law.
Doc Holliday Fact 23: Earp but together a posse that included Holliday, Sherman McMaster, Turkey Creek Jack Johnson and Warren Earp, they were all deputized.
Doc Holliday Fact 24: The posse eventually located the Cowboys responsible for the killing and maiming of the Earp brothers and were brought to justice.
Doc Holliday Fact 25: After matters were settled Holliday relocated to Colorado where his health deteriorated to the point that on November 8th 1887 he died aged thirty six years. His body laid to rest in Linwood Cemetery overlooking Glenwood Springs in Colorado.
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