SETH BULLOCK (1847-1919) was elected as a Republican to the Montana Territorial Senate in 1871 and 1872 and helped create Yellowstone National Park. He achieved his fame as the frontier sheriff of Deadwood, South Dakota, from 1876 to 1878, which was a lawless mining town. The day after he arrived in Deadwood, Jack McCall shot folk legend Wild Bill Hickok in the back of the head. Before Bullock had unpacked from his arrival in Deadwood, the angry townspeople elected him as their first sheriff.
During his tenure as sheriff, Bullock killed his first man, Clell Watson, who had stolen a horse and engaged in a gunfight with Bullock, in which Bullock was slightly injured in the shoulder. Watson was prepared to be hanged but a mob intervened and scared off the executioner. Bullock climbed to the scaffold and pulled the lever, sending Watson to his death. The incident was recreated on HBO’s Deadwood. Bullock later ventured into hardware, mining and ranching and, in 1884, began a lifelong friendship with Teddy Roosevelt.
Offering stock certificate, 6 ¼ x 9 ½, number 288, for 500 shares from Ruby Bell Gold and Silver Mining Company, located in Ruby Basin, Dakota, issued to D. La Chipelle, December 20, 1888, signed by Bullock as President. Chipelle has endorsed the certificate on the verso. Embossed corporate seal at lower left.
Folds, light toning, cancellation red ink through Bullock’s signature. Otherwise a fine example of his signature. Image of Bullock is from the internet.
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