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    Estate Bond Nate Champion (Killed) Johnson County Cattle War Wyoming 1892 - The Johnson County War, also known as the War on Powder River or Wyoming Civil War, was a range war which took place in Johnson County, Wyoming, in April 1892. It was a battle between small farmers and large, wealthy ranches in the Powder River Country that culminated in a lengthy shootout between local farmers, a band of hired killers, and a sheriff's posse, eventually requiring the intervention of the U.S. Cavalry on the orders of the President of the United States.

    Nathan (Nate) D. Champion (1857-1892) was a key figure in the Johnson County War. Labeled falsely by the wealthy cattlemen's association in Wyoming as a rustler, Champion was the first person murdered by a band of hit men hired by the cattlemen. Although often portrayed as an outlaw, Champion was simply a small rancher, thus becoming a target of the large and powerful cattlemen's association. His fame is derived mostly due to his heroic stand while his cabin was besieged, and for a brief letter written during the siege describing the events, that he left behind.

    State of Wyoming court document for the estate of Nate Champion was signed by his brother Rufus Champion who was appointed administrator to his brother's estate. May 20th 1892. Very rare Johnson County cattle war document. Measures approximately 8.25" x 14".

    Very fine, punch holes at top.

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