Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait by Karen Holliday TannerJohn H. Holliday, D. D. S., better known as Doc Holliday, has become a legendary figure in the history of the American West. In Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait, Karen Holliday Tanner reveals the real man behind the legend. Shedding light on Holliday’s early years, in a prominent Georgia family during the Civil War and Reconstruction, she examines the elements that shaped his destiny: his birth defect, the death of his mother and estrangement from his father, and the diagnosis of tuberculosis, which led to his journey west. The influence of Holliday’s genteel upbringing never disappeared, but it was increasingly overshadowed by his emerging western personality. Holliday himself nurtured his image as a frontier gambler and gunman.
Using previously undisclosed family documents and reminiscences as well as other primary sources, Tanner documents the true story of Doc’s friendship with the Earp brothers and his run-ins with the law, including the climactic shootout at the O. K. Corral and its aftermath.
This first authoritative biography of Doc Holliday should appeal both to historians of the West and to general readers who are interested in his poignant story.
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John Henry "Doc" Holliday (August 14, – November 8, ) was an American gambler, . On March 1, , at age 20, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery (now part of the "Gunfighters of the Real West: Doc Holliday," Real West, January Jahns.
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Many stories have been told about the old American West. Some are true. Many more are just interesting stories. Today we will try to tell the true story of one of the most famous and dangerous American gun fighters. His name was John Henry Holliday. The mountains here rise sharply out of the ground and surround Glenwood Springs.
In the movie Tombstone , Doc Holliday portrayed by actor Val Kilmer is depicted as a good guy at heart, helping Wyatt Earp to keep order and law in the dangerous old west town of Tombstone, Arizona. He would remain an only child. His father was a veteran of several wars, including the Cherokee Indian War and the Mexican-American war. When he returned in from the Mexican-American war, he brought with him an orphaned Mexican boy named Francisco Hidalgo. His mother taught him manners and etiquette, while his father regaled him with war stories and survival skills.
The names of the most famous legends of the Old West are known to most people. Traywick, aim to correct the legends with actual documentation such as letters, census and church records, newspapers and court documents, and often the tools of genealogy. The Hollidays were prominent in the town and very well liked. His sister, Martha, passed away at six months of age in Holliday was born with a cleft palate which made nursing nearly impossible, and his mother fed him with an eyedropper and a spoon. He was operated on by his uncle, Doctor John Stiles Holliday. Alice spent years training him to speak properly with the help of her friends at the First Presbyterian Church in Griffin.
The town is a little South of Atlanta. His ancestral roots were Scottish and English. His mother was born Alice Jane McKey. They were married on January 8, Her husband Henry was 10 years older. Doc's parents were both natives of South Carolina.
John H. Holliday moved to the town of Tombstone with his girlfriend, Kate Fisher. There he befriended the local marshal, Wyatt Earp , and started a business as a dentist. He was setting up this business when Kate came to warn him that the Clanton brothers Ike , Billy and Phineas had come to kill him after he killed their brother, Reuben Clanton. The First Doctor visited Holliday's dentistry to have his tooth removed.