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Monday, March 1, 2021

Irish Gun slinging Outlaw helped Shape America in the Wild West

 March is Irish American month and thus I would like to share about the many Irish Americans who helped to shape the great United States of America

Billy The Kid A.K.A William Bonny was actually born Henry McCarty; in 1859. His parents were from Irish Catholic ancestry Billies mother would die of consumption or what is now known as T.B. and his father would leave him and his brother to be orphaned. With noone to take care of him or his brother Billie would turn to a life of crime. First steaing food and then just a little over a week later would rob a chinese laundry where they would steal clothes and pistols. After that he would be a fugitive from the law after escaping out of jail. 

For a bit of time William would work as a ranch hand and gamble away what he made. Soon he would meet up another Irish man who also worked as a ranch hand. Together the duo would steal horses from local soldiers. In the summer of 1877 Billy would make his first kill of a blacksmith. Some would say that he was simply protecting himself butt he law saw it differently. Later he would begin to hang with gangs and become known as "William H. Bonney" later to be known as "Billy the Kid" because of his young attractive appearance.

The Irish American lad who grew up to be outlaw and gunfighter of the American Old West would end up killing at least 8 men before he was shot and killed at the young age of 21. ,

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