The Oldest Earp

Newton Earp

Newton, unlike his half-brothers, led a sedate life.

The 1870 political contest for constable of Lamar, Missouri must have been a doozy. It pitted Wyatt Earp against his older half-brother, Newton (photo). Soon after, the elder Earp moved to Garden City, Kansas—where he did serve as marshal for a time. But for the most part, Newton Earp led a sedate life, working as a farmer and carpenter (as well as a stint as a saloon manager). He died in his own bed in 1928 at the age of 91. Newton was certainly not one of the “fighting Earps.”

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