Old West Lawmen List – B

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George Bravin (1862-1918) Bravin served as a Tombstone Deputy Sheriff, a U.S. Deputy Marshal for Arizona Territory on September 25, 1895, and a Pearce, Arizona Constable.

Ed N. Brazell – U.S. Deputy Marshal who served in the Central District of Oklahoma in 1894 and 1895 under Marshal James J. McAlester.

James L. Brazell – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas serving under Marshal Jacob Yoes. Later he became a wealthy and influential citizen of the Choctaw Nation where he owned a lumber company and bank.

Dow Braziel

Dow Braziel

Dow Braziel (18??-1919) – Braziel served as a U.S. Deputy Marshal and an IRS Officer before he was killed in Ardmore, Oklahoma by Deputy Sheriff Bud Ballew.

William Milton Breakenridge (1846-1931) – Cochise County, Arizona Deputy Sheriff under Johnny Behan during the time of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He went on to serve as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, a surveyor, and as a detective for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

James R. Brent – A buffalo hunter and lawman, Brent served as chief deputy to John Poe in the mid-1880s when Poe succeeded Pat Garrett as sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico.

F. M. Brewer – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned on August 4, 1886, in the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas serving under Marshal John Carroll.

Richard M. Brewer (1850-1878) – A gunman and lawman, he worked for John Tunstall as leader of the Regulators in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. As a deputy sheriff, he captured the Jesse Evans Gang. Brewer was killed at Blazer’s Mill by Buckshot Roberts on April 4, 1878.

Elijah “Lige” S. Briant – A school teacher, surveyor, sheep owner, and Sutton County, Texas Sheriff. On April 2, 1901, he killed Wild Bunch member, Will Carver and wounded Ben Kilpatrick in a gun battle.

Ben Kilpatrick – Lawman in Kansas City and Dodge City, U.S. Deputy Marshal in Hays and Wichita.

James Abijah Brooks (18??-1944) – Joined the Texas Rangers in 1882 and served with Companies A and F. He was made a captain in May 1889, resigned in 1906, and died on January 15, 1944.

William L. “Buffalo Bill” Brooks (1832-1874) – Lawman turned outlaw, Brooks served as Marshal in Newton and Dodge City, Kansas, before being arrested for horse theft. He and two other men were lynched by a vigilante mob in Caldwell, Kansas on July 29, 1874.

Angus Brown, aka: Arapaho, Red – While serving as sheriff of Buffalo, Wyoming in 1892, he was killed by two young cowboys.

George S. Brown – Served as the city marshal of Caldwell, Kansas and was killed on June 22, 1882, by Jim Bean.

Henry Newton Brown (1857-1884) – Fought with the Regulators in the Lincoln County War of New Mexico. He then worked as a sheriff in Tascosa, Texas and a marshal in Caldwell, Kansas. While serving as a lawman, he made a failed attempt to rob a bank in Medicine Lodge, Kansas on April 30, 1884. He was immediately captured and hanged the same day by vigilantes.

John L. Brown – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned on October 22, 1894, in the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas. In December 1898, John arrested murderer, Moses Miller, who had such a bad reputation that few lawmen wanted to come up against him.

John P. Brown – U.S. Deputy Marshal working out of the Western District, Fort Smith federal court. He was remembered as a deputy marshal that usually got his man, having the credit of killing four men.

Neal “Skinny” Brown (1850-??) – Half Cherokee Indian, Brown was a Dodge City, Kansas Assistant Marshal and member of the  “Dodge City Peace Commission,” who helped out Luke Short during the bloodless Dodge City War. Brown moved to Indian Territory from Dodge City at about the same time as Bill Tilghman and was commissioned a U.S. Deputy Marshal under Marshal Evett Dumas Nix. He was with Bill Tilghman when he chased the Doolin Gang.

Reuben “Rube” H. Brown (1851-1875) – The son of Palestine T. and Miriam Brown, Rube was born in Texas on November 28, 1851. Well educated, he grew up working on his father’s farm and was working as a farmhand in his late teens. However, by the early 1870s, he had been made the City Marshal of Cuero, Texas at a time that the Sutton-Taylor Feud was heating up in the area and Brown sided with the Sutton Faction. In January 1874, he shot and killed a man named James Gladney McVea in McGanan’s Bar in Cuero. After William Sutton was killed in March 1874, Brown became the leader of the Sutton Faction and the lawman soon arrested Billy Taylor for the killing of William Sutton and received, not only a $500 reward but also wide recognition. However, before long, Brown resigned his office in June 1874 for unspecified reasons, perhaps, out of fear of Taylor retribution. In the end, it wouldn’t matter. He was shot down in a Cuero, Texas saloon on November 17, 1875. Though no one was arrested for the murder, he was thought to have been killed by John Wesley Hardin.

Eli Hickman “Heck” Bruner (1859-1898) – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in 1880 in the Western District of Arkansas, assigned to the Cherokee Nation serving under Marshal Jacob Yoes. He drowned in the line of duty in 1898.

J. H. Bryant (1855-1898) – A prominent Choctaw Indian who was commissioned as a U.S. Deputy Marshal.

Dave Buchanan (18??-1894) – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Southern District of Indian Territory in the Paris, Texas Court. Buchanan was killed in the line of duty on May 5, 1894, by Poley Empson.  Empson and several other men who took part in the killing were arrested and taken to jail in Paris, Texas.