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John Harris Behan (Johnny)

Born: 1846? AD
Died: 1912 AD.

Nationality: American
Categories: Law Enforcer


1846 - Born in Kansas City, Missouri on the 23rd of October.

1863 - Came to the Arizona Territory from San Francisco arriving first in Prescott, the territorial seat.

1869 - Married Victoria Zaff and had two children.

1880 - Moved to Tombstone and worked for a short time as bartender in the Grand Hotel.

1881 - Appointed first Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona by Governor Fremont.

         - Behan was a witness to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral  on the 26th of October.

1882 - He had a feud with his own deputy Breakenridge. Behan thus lost the nomination.

         - Forced out of office in November.

         - Behan served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Yuma Penitentiary.

         - Served as a soldier in the Spanish American war.

1912 - Died on the 7th of June of "Bright's disease" immune-related renal failure in Tucson.


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