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List of famous cowboys, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top cowboys in the world? This includes the most prominent cowboys, living and dead, both in America's wild west and abroad. This list of notable cowboys is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic cowboys were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned cowboys.

List contains people like Will Rogers and John Wesley Hardin.

From reputable, prominent, and well known cowboys to the lesser known cowboys of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cowboy field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cowboys ever?" and "What are the names of famous cowboys?" then you're in the right place.

Will Rogers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son", Rogers was born to a Cherokee family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). As an entertainer and humorist, he traveled around the world three times, made 71 films (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns.By the mid-1930s Rogers was hugely popular in the United States, its leading political wit and the highest ...more on Wikipedia

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John Wesley Hardin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American Old West outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon. The son of a Methodist preacher, Hardin got into trouble with the law from an early age. He killed his first man at age 14; he claimed it was in self-defense. Pursued by lawmen for most of his life, he was sentenced in 1877 at age 23 to 24 years in prison for murder. When he was sentenced, Hardin claimed to have killed 42 men but contemporary newspaper accounts attributed only 27 deaths to him. While in prison, Hardin studied law and wrote an autobiography. He was well known for wildly exaggerating or completely making up stories about his life. He claimed credit for ...more on Wikipedia

Billy the Kid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty September 17 or November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881, also known as William H. Bonney) was an American Old West outlaw and gunfighter who killed eight men before he was shot and killed at age 21. He took part in New Mexico's Lincoln County War, during which he allegedly committed three murders. McCarty was orphaned at age 14. The owner of a boarding house gave him a room in exchange for work. His first arrest was for stealing food at age 16 in late 1875. Ten days later, he robbed a Chinese laundry and was arrested, but he escaped only two days later. He tried to stay with his stepfather, and then fled from New Mexico Territory into neighboring Arizona ...more on Wikipedia

Tom Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cowboys
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Tom Edward Ketchum (October 31, 1863 – April 26, 1901), known as Black Jack, was a cowboy who later turned to a life of crime. He was executed in 1901 for attempted train robbery. ...more on Wikipedia