Doc Holliday Poster
Doc Holliday Poster – J.H. Holliday – Dentist
John Henry “Doc” Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was a gambler, gunfighter, dentist, and a good friend of Wyatt Earp. Believe it or not Doc was a Deputy U.S. Marshal during and after the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Holliday was highly intelligent, and at the tender age of 20 he earned a degree in dentistry from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. He set up practice in Atlanta, Georgia but soon after was diagnosed with tuberculosis, the same disease that had claimed his mother when he was 15. His doctors suggested he head west where it was thought the dry climate in American Southwest would ease his symptoms.
So Doc headed west and became a gambler which was considered a reputable profession in those days. Over the next few years he had a number of shootouts that earned him a reputation as a deadly gunman. While in Texas, he saved Wyatt Earp’s life and the unlikely pair became close friends.
Likely the most dangerous pistol fighter of his generation, nobody cared much for Doc and he didn’t care at all for anyone else. Except for Wyatt and the other Earp brothers, and their friends like Bat Masterson. Doc declared he’d, “Die with me boots on. . . .”. But as he succumbed to tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the last words he uttered as he looked at his feet, were, “I’ll be damned.” Doc’s boots were off.