Wyatt Earp (March 19, 1848 - January 13, 1929), born in Monmouth, Illinois, was a sheriff in the Wild West. He was involved in the Gunfight at the O. K. Corral along with Doc Holliday, Virgil Earp, and Morgan Earp.

Earp was elected constable of Lamar, Missouri, in 1870. A year later, in 1871, he married Miss Urilla Sutherland. He also joined the Wichita, Kansas police force but, he was discharged in April 1876, following an altercation involving him and another officer. Earp joined the police force in Dodge City and in 1878, he was appointed assistant city marshal under Charles Bassett.

In September 1879, he left Dodge City and three months later reached Tombstone, Arizona, where he became a farmer. After Wyatt's brother, Virgil Earp became city marshal of Tombstone, he recruited Wyatt Earp and Morgan Earp as "special deputy policemen."

Phineas Clanton, Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and Frank McLaury sold livestock to Tombstone. Wyatt Earp was convinced that the Clanton and McLaury brothers had been selling stolen livestock, and had stolen one of his horses. Earp also came into conflict the sheriff John Behan because of a fight involvoing a woman.

During the O.K. Corrall gunfight, Wyatt Earp shot Frank McLaury in the stomach.


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