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Why was Wyatt Earp Buried in a Jewish Cemetery? – 1929

Why was Wyatt Earp Buried in a Jewish Cemetery? – 1929

Famous sheriff Wyatt Earp of the Wild West died on this day in 1929. He is especially known for participating in a gunfight at the OK Corral.

A famous sheriff of the Wild West – Wyatt Earp – died on this day. He died in Los Angeles, probably of chronic cystitis. He was buried at a local Jewish cemetery because his wife was Jewish. Wyatt was born in 1848 and had four brothers: James, Virgil, Morgan, and Warren. All five brothers became more or less famous in the Wild West.

The oldest brother, James, was the owner of a saloon. Virgil was a lawman and arguably an even more capable gunman than Wyatt, but not as famous. Morgan was wounded in the gunfight at the OK Corral, and was later killed. The youngest brother, Warren, was also a gunman and took part in the Earp’s vendetta, which was organized to avenge Morgan’s death. Three brothers took part in the showdown at the OK Corral: Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan. Wyatt outlived them all and remained the most famous of the brothers to this day.

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