[Pat Garrett] Pat Garrett's Insurance Policy. Four pages, 12.5" x 18.5", September 10, 1903, El Paso, Texas. Issued by the New York Life Insurance Company for "Patrick F. Garrett, No. 3479366, Age 53, Amount $5000." The annual premium of $276.75 was due every year on September 10 and the policy was payable to Garrett's second wife Apolinaria, whom he married in 1880, "immediately upon receipt and approval of proofs of the death of Patrick F. Garrett." Proof of that death was only five years away.

    Pat Garrett (1850-1908) was a young law officer when he became famous by tracking Billy the Kid and gunning him down in a late night arrest attempt - some reports say the twenty-one-year-old outlaw was unarmed. In 1902, Garrett received an appointment from his friend, President Theodore Roosevelt, as customs collector in El Paso. One year later, Garrett bought this policy. After a minor feud with the president a few years later, Garrett lost his El Paso position and, subsequently, moved to his ranch in New Mexico, which happened to be in the vicinity of some of his old adversaries. One day, while sitting in a wagon, Garrett began arguing with one of his tenants. As the argument escalated, Garrett reached for his shotgun in the floorboard, but was shot twice and killed. The policy, in fine condition, is housed in its original envelope, which is lightly soiled.

    Reference: Leon C. Metz, Pat Garrett: The Story of a Western Lawman (University of Oklahoma Press, 1983).

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