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Nat "Deadwood Dick" Love

Also Known As: "Deadwood Dick"
Birthplace: Nashville, TN, United States
Death: 1921 (66-67)
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sampson Love and ? Love
Brother of Sally Love and Jordan Love

Occupation: Cowboy, Author, Pullman Porter
Managed by: Erica Howton
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Immediate Family

About Nat Love

Nat Love, African-American cowboy, was born into slavery on a plantation near Nashville, Tennessee in June, 1854. He died in Los Angeles at age 67 in 1921.

Parents: son of Sampson Love and ? Love. His father was a slave foreman in the fields and his mother managed the kitchen. The plantation owner was Robert Love of Davidson County, Tennessee.

note: older brother Jordan; older sister Sally.


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How he became 'Deadwood Dick'

Nat Love's autobiography tells of many adventures fighting against cattle rustlers and inclement weather. His many years of experience made him an expert marksman and cowboy. He entered a rodeo in Deadwood, South Dakota on the 4th of July in 1876. He won the rope, throw, tie, bridle, saddle and bronco riding contests. It was at this contest that the fans gave him the nickname "Deadwood Dick."[1]



  1. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience P.175
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Nat Love's Timeline

June 1854
Nashville, TN, United States
Age 66
Los Angeles, CA, United States