I’m a bit of a history buff, but I’d never heard of Bass Reeves until I read The Life and Times of Deputy U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves by
Miss Cellania over at Mental Floss. Here’s the opening paragraph…
Over his 32-year career as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, Bass Reeves arrested 3,000 felons, killed 14 men, and was never shot himself. His reputation for persistence, his total fearlessness, his skills with a gun, and his ability to outsmart outlaws struck terror into lawbreakers in what we now call Oklahoma. Although other colorful characters made their way into our pop culture, Bass was the real badass of the Old West.
My guess is you’ll want to click over and read the rest of the short, but informative article.
I’m somewhat surprised Bass Reeves’ life story hasn’t been turned into a movie or tv series.