Buffalo Bill Cody is born, February 26th, 1846
William Cody was born in rural Iowa to educated parents. When he was seven years old, Isaac and Mary Ann Cody sold their farm and moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, arriving in the middle of a raging debate over slavery. In that part of the state, Isaac Cody’s antislavery sentiments were not popular. He died a few years later while trying to bring in antislavery settlers from Ohio. To support the family, young Bill Cody took an assortment of jobs, including ‘boy extra’ on wagon trains, teamster, bull whacker on cattle drives, and, finally, army scout.