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Crawley P. Dake (1827-1890) - Union soldier during the Civil War and U.S. Marshal for Arizona Territory from 1878 to 1882. Dake was born in Ontario, Canada in 1827 (some publications indicate 1836) but moved with his family to Ogdensburg, New York when he was a child. When he grew up he operated a retail store in Michigan but when the Civil War broke out, he raised a company of soldiers and was commissioned in the 5th Michigan Cavalry. He served at Gettysburg and in several other major actions until he was wounded and retired as a major in August, 1864. He then worked for the Internal Revenue Service for a time before being appointed as the U.S. Marshal for Arizona Territory on June 12, 1878. For the first two years, he dispatched a number of posses to the Mexican border, attempting to control the lawlessness taking place there. Working for him were a number of well known frontier characters including Leslie Blackburn, Virgil and Wyatt Earp, Joseph Evans, Joe Phy and others. After the Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall in Tombstone, Arizona in October, 1881, he was heavily criticized and replaced in July, 1882. He remained in Arizona, living in Prescott, managing mining and business interests until his death on August 9, 1890.


Frank Dalton (1859-1887) - The older brother of the boys who formed the Dalton Gang, Frank was a U.S. Deputy Marshal at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Involved in a number of gunfights during his short career, he was killed, along Deputy J.R. Cole in 1887 by a man named Dave Smith. More ...


Battle marker near Roscoe, MissouriEdwin B. Daniels (18??-1874) - A deputy sheriff in St. Clair County, Missouri, Daniels was traveling with Pinkerton Agents, Louis Lull and James Boyle, searching for the elusive Younger brothers, who were thought to be in the area. On March 16, 1874, they set out from Osceola to Roscoe, Missouri. After spending the night at the Roscoe House Hotel, the left the day for the home of Theodrick Snuffer, a family friend of the Youngers, some three miles out of town. Posing as cattle buyers, they questioned Snuffer, but got nowhere. Little did they know that John and Jim Younger were watching from Snuffer’s attic. When the lawmen left, the two Younger Brothers followed and ordered the three men to halt. Panicked, Pinkerton Agent James Wright, spurred his horse and kept on going. However; the other two lawmen, Pinkerton Agent Lull and Daniels, stopped and within no time a gunfight ensued. When the smoke cleared, John Younger and Deputy Edwin Daniels were dead, Louis Lullwas severely wounded and Jim Younger received a flesh wound in his hip. Lull was taken to Roscoe for treatment, but later died of his wounds.


Lon Davis - U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Muskogee Court in 1898, serving under Marshal Leo Bennett. In 1898, Lon worked with U.S. Deputy Marshals Bud Ledbetter, Dave Adams, Bill Barker and Harry Adams, to close down a number of gambling operations in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and arrested the Hughes Gang in Bristow. When the gang of three brothers refused to surrender without a fight, and one of them was killed. On May, 1905, while Davis was trying to arrest a drunken man named Will Dunn, who was disturbing the peace in Sawyer, Oklahoma, the drunken fool refused and when the guns began blazing, Dunn was killed.  


Donald H. Dillingham (1837-1863) - Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dillingham received a good education before making his way west when he grew up. Landing in Bannack, Montana, he was named a deputy under Sheriff Henry Plummer, along with three other men named Charley Forbes, Buck Stinson and Jack Gallagher. However, these other three deputies were little more than outlaws masquerading as lawmen. Dillingham was an honest man and when he heard of plans to rob travelers along the roads, he was known to warn the intended victims. As a result, he was shot down in Virginia City, Montana on June 26, 1863 by Deputies Charley Forbes, Buck Stinson and another man named Hayes Lyons. Though the killers were arrested and tried in a miners' court, with several witnesses to the murder, they were acquitted. This incident was just one of many that prompted the organization of vigilante groups in Montana.




James "Jim” M. Dodson (1842-1907) - Dodson was born in Missouri, and by some accounts had been a member of Quantrill’s Raiders during the Civil War. By the mid 1870s; however, he was in Arizona, working as the Prescott City Marshal. In 1876, he, along with Virgil Earp and Sheriff Ed. F. Bowers, were in a gun battle with two rowdy cowboys in Prescott, when Earp killed one of the offenders. Three years later, in December, 1879, Dodson, along with Sheriff Joseph R. Walker, Al Seiber, Thomas Simmons confronted two stage robbers when a shoot-out erupted. When the smoke cleared, one of the bandits was dead and the other was arrested.  In April, 1882, Dodson killed another fugitive named Joe Banks in the line of duty. Though Prescott, Arizona had a few accounts of lawlessness, some say that the town never developed into lawless chaos like other popular mining camps of the time, primarily on account of Dodson. After retiring as the marshal of Prescott, Dodson moved to Yuma, Arizona, where he worked as a wall guard at the Arizona Penitentiary. His shooting skills proved invaluable on at least one occasion when a prisoner attempted to escape. He spent the last part of his life in Phoenix, Arizona, where he died on May 10, 1907 at the age of 67.


Cornelius "Lame Johnny" Donahue (1850-1878) - A lawman and an outlaw, Donahue attended college in Philadelphia but moved to Texas to become a cowboy. However, because of a physical he didn't fair well and turned to horse thievery. In the 1870s, Donahue left Texas and wound up in Deadwood, South Dakota, where he was hired as a deputy sheriff. Some time later, he was working in the mines and was recognized as the Texas horse thief that he was. He fled Deadwood and returned to his old lifestyle of stealing horses and added stagecoach robbery to his "job" tasks. In one robbery he was said to have taken about $3,500 in currency, $500 in diamonds, hundreds of dollars worth of jewelry, and 700 pounds of gold dust, nuggets and bullion from a special "treasure coach” called the "Monitor" belonging to the Homestake Mine. With a take like that, the law was quickly on his tale and he was soon tracked down by livestock detective, Frank Smith, who arrested him. However, as Smith was returning Donahue to Deadwood, the stagecoach was pulled over by a masked rider who took Johnny from the coach. The officials first assumed that he had been "saved" by one of his outlaw cohorts, but that was not the case. The next day, "Lame Johnny" was found hanging from a tree. When he was buried, his headstone, which is long since missing, read:

Pilgrim Pause!

You’re standing on

The molding clay of Limping John.

Tread lightly, stranger, on this sod.

For if he moves, you’re robbed, by God


E.L.M Drake  - U.S. Deputy Marshal in Oklahoma Territory. On May 25, 1892, Drake was looking for two horse thieves by the names of William Miller and William Hostetter. When he tracked them to the Deep Fork Creek near Sapulpa, Oklahoma and attempted to serve the warrant, the two pulled their guns and began firing. Drake's horse was killed and he took a shot in the side and a thigh. However, he returned fire, killing both of the outlaws. Though some newspapers of the time reported that Drake had died of his wounds, other records indicated that he was re-commissioned as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in 1894.


Charles N. Dugger - (18??-1896) - A U.S. Deputy Marshal in Oklahoma Territory, Dugger was killed int he line of duty on June 20, 1896. An lawman for some 20 years, Dugger was shot on August 31, 1890 in southern Oklahoma Territory but survived to telegraph for assistance. Several years later; however, he would not be so fortunate. On June 20, 1896, while riding with posseman Joe Boyle, the pair tried to arrest three whiskey peddlers in the Osage nation. However, the outlaws resisted, killing both officers.


John Riley Duncan (1850-1911) - Duncan served as a Dallas police officer, detective, and Texas Ranger. He's most noteworthy in the capture of John Wesley Hardin. After tracking Hardin to Florida, Duncan, along with John Barclay Armstrong, and Florida sheriff William Henry Hutchinson captured the outlaw, who was soon tried and sent to prison for 18 years.


Perry DuVal (18?-1873) - A U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory, DuVal, along with U.S. Deputy Marshals, Will Ayers and James Wilkerson, were escorting a several prisoners from Indian Territory to Fort Smith, Arkansas on November 2, 1873. While the marshals and prisoners settled down for the night northwest of Muskogee, Oklahoma, one of the prisoners, a man named John Billy, somehow got out of his handcuffs, grabbed Marshal Duval's weapon and shot him in the head. He then shot Marshals Ayers and Wilkerson, though both survived. John Billy was hanged for the murder at Fort Smith, Arkansas on April 3, 1874.



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