Old West Lawmen List – C

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Dick Crittenden – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District of Fort Smith, Arkansas. On July 18, 1894, he was with his brother, Deputy Marshal Zeke Crittenden, and Deputy Sequoyah Houston and posse when they tried to capture the Cook Gang. Tracking Bill and Jim Cook, along with Cherokee Bill to the Fourteen Mile Creek in the Cherokee Nation, a running gun battle erupted. When the smoke cleared, Sequoyah Houston was killed and with the exception of the two Crittendens, the posse fled. Continuing with a hail of bullets, Jim Cook was wounded several times before the outlaws made their escape. The fugitives then made their way to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma where a doctor attended to Jim’s wounds. When the Crittendens caught up with them again, Bill Cook and Cherokee Bill fled again but left Jim Cook behind. The brothers lived in Wagoner, Indian Territory and on October 24, 1895, after having too much to drink, became involved in an argument with another Wagoner resident. When guns were pulled, the other man was wounded. Soon Deputy Marshal Ed Reed, who was the son of Belle Starr, asked the Crittendens to surrender their weapons. However, when the Crittendens resisted, once again the guns were pulled and Ed Reed shot and killed both brothers.

Zeke Crittenden – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District of Arkansas along with brother to Dick Crittendon. Both brothers were killed by U.S. Deputy Ed Reed.

Charles C. Crosby (1873-??) – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in Oklahoma Territory in 1895 serving under Marshal Evett Nix. He was working in the Pond Creek area when the Pond Creek sheriff would not uphold his duties as a lawman to make an arrest. Crosby used his authority as deputy marshal to make the arrest.

William R. Cruger (1848-1882) – William R. Cruger was a lawman who worked in Fort GriffinTexas before he moved to Tennessee and was killed in the line of duty.

George J. Crump (1841-1928) – A lawyer and Confederate veteran of the Civil War, Crump was involved in politics, and in the Brooks-Baxter War and later became an Arkansas legislator in the House and Senate. From 1893-1897, he served as a U.S. Marshal in Fort Smith, Arkansas for the Western District.

Sam Cudgo (18??-1885) – A member of the Seminole Lighthorse Police, Cudgo rode with a posse led by Captain Thomas I. Cloud to arrest two fugitives by the names of Paro Bruner and Rector Rogers on March 29, 1885. The officers located Bruner on the south side of the Canadian River some 30 miles southeast of present-day Shawnee, Oklahoma. Bruner was arrested peacefully and directed them to the Rogers cabin nearby. However, when the officers identified themselves to Rogers at his door, the fugitive slammed the door in their faces, armed himself and shot through the cracks in the wall hitting Captain Cloud in the thigh and Sam Cudgo in the abdomen. The rest of the posse returned the fire and Rogers was killed trying to escape. Officer Cudgo died within an hour. Captain Cloud was taken to the home of the Seminole Chief at Sasakwa but died two days later.

John A. Culp – U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Territory. In 1885, Culp along with Deputy Marshal Rush Meadows overtook outlaw Dick Glass near the Arbuckle Mountains where gunplay erupted. After critically wounding the outlaw, and thinking him dead, they approached his body. But Glass was still alive and fired at Meadows, killing him instantly and wounding Culp. Three years later, in January 1888, John Culp was riding with a friend in the Chickasaw Nation when he was killed by a man named Woodford. Culp’s friend returned the fire and killed the shooter.

Martin S. Culver – A member of Major Tobin’s Texas Rangers, who fought numerous battles along the Rio Grande.

Samuel M. “Doc” Cummings (18??-1882) – Cummings worked as a Deputy Marshal in EI Paso, Texas, in 1881 under Dallas Stoudenmire. He was killed by Jim Manning on February 14, 1882.

Ada Curnutt – A District Clerk and U.S. Deputy Marshal in the Norman, Oklahoma area. In March 1893, when the office received a telegraph that there were two wanted men who had fled to Oklahoma City, she could not find a male deputy marshal to go after them. She then donned her bonnet and caught the first train to Oklahoma City.

G. I. Currin – The first African American U.S. Deputy Marshal to serve in Oklahoma Territory.

John Curtis – U.S. Deputy Marshal commissioned in the Western District at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was killed in the line of duty, probably by Ned Christie.

W.S. Cury – Sheriff of Pima County, Arizona from 1873 to 1877.

Abraham Cutler – Brought from Kansas to serve as marshal of the New Mexico Territory, beginning in August 1862.

© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated January 2020.

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Lawmen of the American West

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