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Edward J. Masterson

Edward MastersonLawman. 1852 - 1878

The brother of Bat Masterson, Edward was the oldest of the seven Masterson children. Born in Canada East in 1852, he and his other brother, Jim, both served as marshals of Dodge City in the late 1870s. While performing his official duties on the evening of April 9, 1878, Ed was shot and killed by two drunken cowboys from Hays. Before he collapsed, he fatally shot one of his attackers and seriously wounded the other.

Entry: Masterson, Edward J.

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: February 2011

Date Modified: March 2011

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