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LB02 - Deputy U.S. Marshal Badge

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In the Old West, Deputy Marshals were legendary figures and faced down all kinds of trials and tribulations in the course of their duties.  Rampant lawlessness with bank robbers, rustlers and outlaws of all types int eh old west towns along with carrying out their many other duties brought these courageous ment ot the headlines of the day.  The infamous Dalton Gang was arrested by Marshals in 1893 and numerous other outlaws/criminals were brought to justice.
The U.S. Marshal service (U.S. Marshals and Deputy Marshals) is the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States and was created by the first Congress when they established the federal judiciary system.  Among the first U.S. Marshals were Congressmen William S. Smith and Thomas Morris (District of New York) and Henry Dearborn (District of Maine) and all fought in the American Revolution.  From the beginning Marshals were permitted to recruit Special Deputies as local enforcement in a specific area or district.  They could also transfer men from other federal law enforcement agencies into their ranks for temporary service.  Marshals were authorized to swear in a posse to assist in manhunts (rounding up the bad guys) and could use them for other duties as well such as adding security to guarding the jail or courthouses to helping transfer prisoners.  Marshals had extensive authority so that they could support the Federal courts within their judicial districts, carry out lawful orders issued by Federal Judges, Congress or the President of the United States.  They also provided local representation for the federal government within their districts and many times they were the only federal representation for the territories of the growing west.  Among the many duties they performed was the taking of the National Census every decade through 1870.
The U.S. Marshal service is still in exsistence today and is a multi-faceted organization.  Click here to visit their website and learn more about the history of the U.S. Marshal service.

Famous Marshals
  • Virgil Earp  - Deputy U.S. Marshal - Tombstone, Arizona
  • Wyatt Earp - Deputy U.S. Marshal - Tombstone, Arizona (Appointed by the Arizona Territorial Governor to take Virgil Earp's place)
  • Wild Bill Hickock - Deputy U.S. Marshal - Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Seth Bullock - U.S. Marshal of South Dakota, Sheriff for Montana, Sheriff of Deadwood
  • Richard Griffith - Deputy U.S. Marshal served as a Brigadier General in the Confederacy (Civil War)
  • Bass Reeves - One of first U.S. Deputy Marshal's west of the Mississippi River - Arrest record 3,000+ felons.
  • Bat Masterson - Deputy U.S. Marshal - Southern District of New York (appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt) and noted western lawman.
  • Joseph Meek - Oregon Territorial Marshal
  • Dallas Stoudenmire - U.S. Marshal - West Texas and New Mexico Territory.  City Marshal for El Paso, Texas.
  • William F. Wheeler - Marshal for the Montana Territory
  • Heck Thomas - Marshal Oklahoma Territory, one of the "Three Guardsmen"
  • Bill Tilghman - Marshal Oklahoma Territory, one of the "Three Guardsmen"
  • Chris Madsen - Marshal Oklahoma Territory, one of the "Three Guardsmen"

Famous "Hollywood" Marshals
  • J.D. Cahill (John Wayne) Film - "Cahill U.S. Marshal"
  • Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne) Film - "True Grit"
  • Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (Warren Oates) TV sequel "True Grit"
  • Bobby Biggs (Daniel Roebuck) Film - "The Fugitive" and "U.S. Marshals"
  • Sam Buckhart (Michael Ansara) TV series "Law of the Plainsman"
  • Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) Film - "Hang 'Em High"

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