William Frederick Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill, was born
He had a rough childhood, but despite this
grew up to be an adventurous wild west showman, and achieve many
On February 26, 1846, near the small town of LeClair, Iowa,
Cody was born to Isacc and Marry Ann Cody.
At the time William had two
Martha and Julia, and a brother, Samuel. But he ended up with three
Eliza, Helen, and May, and another brother, Charlie. In the first eight
his childhood, William grew up on a farm his father owned and worked.
this time, William had plenty of space on the Plains to play with his
Sam and his black dog, Turk.
William also had some young Indian
friends he met
while on a picnic with his sisters.
The Indians were trying to steal
lunch, but Bill stopped them and became friends with them.
young Will also enjoyed riding horses, having pretend Indian fights
and hunting in the woods.
Sadly, Samuel died when he was thrown from
Because of this, William not only lost a brother but he lost a very
In 1854 William, along with his anti-slavery family, moved near
of Leavenworth, Kansas.
This was not an easy move for the Cody family
how most of that part of Kansas was pro slavery.
They were worried
because earlier in Iowa a dispute about slavery between Isacc and his
Elijah, led to Elijah stabbing Isacc.
Luckily, he survived and nothing
this happened in Kansas.
While in Iowa, Bill had received no
moving to Kansas he attended several sessions of country school