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    Frank M. Canton: Notorious Outlaw and Lawman, Document Signed. An 1885 subpoena from Johnson County, Wyoming, docketed and signed by "F. W. Canton Sheriff". Thirty-one words in his hand above his signature. Excellent condition except for one small chip missing at one edge as shown.

    Canton was born Josiah Horner, and under that name robbed banks and rustled cattle across Texas circa 1871-77. He was arrested for robbing the Comanche, Texas bank, a capital offense, but escaped from Texas Ranger custody and moved to Nebraska, where he changed his name to Frank M. Canton and took up the legitimate cattle business. After a stint working for the Wyoming Stock Growers Association as a stock detective, he won election as sheriff of Johnson County in 1885. Canton later resigned the position to return to the WSGA while working part time as a deputy US marshal. During the infamous Johnson County War he became one of Frank Wolcott's "Regulators", and on April 9, 1892, led their attack on the KC Ranch in which Nate Champion and Nick Ray were shot and killed. A few days later, a posse led by Sheriff Angus arrived to arrest the Regulators at the ranch. A pitched battle ensued, and the Regulators were likely saved by the timely arrival of the U.S. Cavalry.

    Canton's autograph is scarce in any form, and is especially nice here, where his signature as Sheriff and a number of words in his hand are found on a Johnson County document. 8.25" x 6.75".


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