The birth of Nat “Deadwood Dick” Love, title-winning cowboy and author.
1854 (Feb 1)
Nat Love, later known as Deadwood Dick, was born enslaved in Davidson County, Tennessee, where he learned to break horses as a teenager. A winning raffle ticket brought him enough money to travel west, where he found work as a cowboy. He excelled at roping, shooting, and the other skills of his trade, winning the championship title in 1876 in Deadwood, South Dakota. He used his meager writing abilities to pen an autobiography, "The Lift and Adventures of Nat Love": Better known in the cattle country as "Deadwood Dick." After being captured by Indians and sustaining two bullet wounds, Love escaped and quit his work as a cowboy. He worked for the Pullman service until his death in Los Angeles in 1921.