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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 (1846–1917) In American history and folklore, the popular name of William Frederick Cody, scout and showman. Born in ...
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Butch Cassidy
Butch Cassidy (1866–1911?) In U.S. history and legend, assumed name of Robert Leroy Parker, leader of the Wild Bunch, an ...
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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 (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
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 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 - In American folklore, a train conductor who was decapitated when his train was rammed by another train ...
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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 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 (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
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 (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 (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 In American history and folklore, the cow of Mrs. Patrick (Kate) O’Leary; it supposedly started the Great ...
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Pleasant, Mary Ellen
Pleasant, Mary Ellen Also known as: Mammy Pleasant The origins of Mary Ellen Pleasant (circa 1814– 4 January 1904) are ...
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Rip Van Winkle: In American literary folklore, creation of Washington Irving in The Sketch Book. Rip, who lives with a ...
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Rosie the Riveter In American folklore of World War II, name given to a fictional woman who symbolized women’s contributions ...
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Ruidoso In American western folklore, a big maverick steer that brought destruction on all who came in contact with it ...
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Sam Hart of Woburn
Sam Hart of Woburn : In American folklore of New England, a horseman who once entered into a race with ...
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Stacker Lee
Stacker Lee (also Stagolee, Stackerlee, Stackalee) is in American folklore, a black man who entered into a Devil ’s pACt ...
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Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam In American folklore, personification of the United States, portrayed as a tall, lean Yankee with long white hair, ...
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