This Day in Binghamton History: The real, Binghamton-born Buffalo Bill


SEPTEMBER 6 – Turns out Buffalo Bill Cody wasn’t the first “Buffalo Bill” after all.

It was Bill Mathewson, locally born, who was technically the first.

Mathewson exposed William Cody as a fraud in 1906, saying:

“Cody worked for me when he was a young fellow. Reckon he began to see how much was to be made by the kind of reputation I had (as ‘Buffalo Bill’). So he went swaggering about the country, blowing about all the feats I had done…Cody knows he has no real right to the name, but if he wants to show off like a dime novel hero, I have no objections.”

This Day in Binghamton History facts are taken from a calendar provided by the Broome County Historical Society.

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