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Annie Oakley

Oakley, Annie (1860–1926) In American history and folklore, stage name of Phoebe Anna Oakley Mozee, a markswoman and member of ...
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Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

Ross, Betsy (1752–1836) In American history and folklore, creator of the first Stars and Stripes American flag. Betsy was a ...
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Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill (1846–1917) In American history and folklore, the popular name of William Frederick Cody, scout and showman. Born in ...
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Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane (1848–1903) In U.S. history and folklore, popular name for Martha Jane Canary, noted for her marksmanship, who dressed ...
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Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd (1645–1701) In British and American history and folklore, popular name of William Kidd, privateer. Born in Scotland, Kidd ...
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Devil’s horse

Devil’s horse

The Devil’s horse is inn Ozark folklore, the colloquial name for the praying mantis. It is considered bad luck to ...
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Howe’s Masquerade

Howe’s Masquerade In U.S. history and folklore of the Revolution, a masked ball held by the British general Sir William ...
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Joe Baldwin

Joe Baldwin

Joe Baldwin - In American folklore, a train conductor who was decapitated when his train was rammed by another train ...
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Joe Magarac

Joe Magarac (jackass) In American literary folklore, a superhuman steelworker and folk hero of the Pittsburgh area steel mills, invented ...
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John Henry

John Henry

John Henry In American folklore, a black hero, born in Black River Country “where the sun don’t never shine.” When ...
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Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed (1774–1847) : In American history and folklore, popular name of John Chapman, Massachusetts-born orchardist, who planted fruit trees ...
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Masterson, Bat

Masterson, Bat

Bat Masterson (1855–1921) In American history and folklore, William Barclay Masterson was a sheriff noted for his fine suits, pearl-gray ...
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Mike Fink

Mike Fink (1770–1823) In American folklore, a legendary keelboat man, the strongest ever. Mike Fink spent most of his time ...
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Molly Pitcher

Molly Pitcher

Molly Pitcher (1754–1832) In American history and folklore of the Revolution, the popular name of Mary L. Hays McCauley, who ...
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Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow In American history and folklore, the cow of Mrs. Patrick (Kate) O’Leary; it supposedly started the Great ...
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Old John

Old John In American folklore, a tramp printer who could make type fall into place instantaneously with one sweep of ...
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Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan In American folklore, giant lumberjack of the Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest. Various places claim Paul Bunyan ...
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Pecos Bill

Pecos Bill In American folklore, a tough Western hero who was the subject of many adventures. Edward O’Reilly created the ...
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