Canton Redeemed?

Frank Canton
Frank Canton

In 1897, Frank Canton—former Texas outlaw and lawman in various locales—was appointed a deputy US marshal in Alaska. He later wrote that he had to resign the job because of a bad case of snow blindness.

The truth: Canton was fired because of an indictment, charging him with padding expense accounts while a deputy US marshal in Oklahoma Territory. There’s no indication Canton was ever tried or convicted in the case, but he was embarrassed.

Upon his return to the states, Canton eventually became the head of the Oklahoma National Guard.

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