Calamity Jane

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Date of Birth May 1, 1852
Place of Birth Princeton, Missouri
Date of Death Aug 1, 1903 (51)
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Calamity Jane

Martha Jane Cannary, better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman known for being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok's. Late in her life, she appeared in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. She is said to have exhibited compassion to others, especially to the sick and needy. This facet of her character contrasted with her daredevil ways and helped to make her a noted frontier figure. She was also known for her habit of wearing men's attire.

Born: Martha Jane Cannary, May 1, 1852, Princeton, Missouri, U.S.
Died: August 1, 1903, Terry, South Dakota, U.S.
Nationality: United States
Occupation: Explorer, performer, dance-hall girl, prostitute, frontier woman
Spouse(s): Clinton Burke, William P Steers
Children: 2
Parent(s): Robert and Charlotte Cannary
Relatives: Five siblings

About Calamity Jane

Known to have been instrumental in fighting Indians, she was a famous American frontierswoman, like Annie Oakley and Belle Starr.

Before Fame

She held down many a job, working as a dishwasher, a cook, a waitress, a dance-hall girl, a nurse, an ox team driver, a scout, and more in order to support her family.


Despite being recognized mainly for her grit and fire, she was also said to show compassion to the sick and poor.

Family Life

She has two children with William P Steers. Her daughter, Jean, was put up for adoption.


She was a famous associate of Wild Bill Hickok.

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