Wyatt Earp’s very name conjures up images of the Wild West, with its narrow-eyed gunslingers and shameless saloons. And Earp was indeed involved in various events that shaped both the mythology and the reality of the Wild West – from the deadly shoot-out at the O.K. Corral to the desperate days of the Klondike gold rush. Here, we delve into 40 fascinating facts about the man himself.
40. Lots of little Earps
Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp came into the world in Monmouth, Illinois, on March 19, 1848. He was in fact the fourth arrival in a family who went on to have eight children in total. His father was Nicholas Porter Earp, and his mother was Virginia Ann Cooksey. Earp also had an older half-brother, who was the product of his father’s first marriage.
39. Named after a military man
The infant Wyatt was named after a man whom his father must have admired: Captain Wyatt Berry Stapp. Captain Stapp was in command of the 2nd Company Illinois Mounted Volunteers – a unit that fought in the Mexican-American War. And during that time, Earp’s father served as a sergeant in Stapp’s regiment.