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Crime History: Former slave becomes legendary Old West lawman

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On this day, May 10, in 1875, former slave Bass Reeves was sworn in as a deputy U.S. Marshal in Fort Smith, Ark., becoming one of the most feared and fearless lawmen in the Old West . Reeves was hired by "the Hanging Judge," Isaac Parker, to help bring justice to the vast Indian Territory, a haven for outlaws. Reeves was an expert with pistol and rifle, spoke several Indian languages...