Billy the Kid Biography

William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid and also known as William Antrim, was a 19th century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. According to legend, he killed twenty-one men, but it is generally believed he killed eight. He killed his first man on August 17, 1877, at around 17 years old.

McCarty was 5 ft 8 in tall with blue eyes, blonde hair or dirty blonde hair, and a smooth complexion. He was described as being friendly and personable at times, and as lithe as a cat. Contemporaries described him as a "neat" dresser who favored an "unadorned Mexican sombrero". These qualities, along with his cunning and celebrated skill with firearms, contributed to his paradoxical image as both a notorious outlaw and a folk hero.

Billy was relatively unknown during most of his lifetime but was catapulted into legend in 1881 when New Mexico's governor, Lew Wallace, placed a price on his head. In addition, the Las Vegas Gazette and the New York Sun carried stories about his exploits. Other newspapers followed suit. Several biographies written about Billy the Kid after his death portrayed him in varying lights. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Billy the Kid
Full Name:
William Henry McCarty, Jr
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Cowboy
Ethnicity:
Irish American
Date of Birth:
November 23, 1859
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
July 14, 1881
Age at Death:
21
Cause of Death:
Firearm, Gunshot
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