Martha Jane Cannary, better known as Calamity Jane, was a well-known American frontierswoman, sharpshooter, and raconteur. In addition to many exploits she was known for being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok. 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.|
|Occupation||Explorer, Army scout, pioneer, storyteller, sharpshooter, performer, dance-hall girl, alleged prostitute.|
|Spouse(s)||Clinton Burke, William P Steers|
|Parent(s)||Robert and Charlotte Cannary|
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.
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.
- Wild West shows
- Tall tales
- People of the Klondike Gold Rush
- American prostitutes
- 19th-century American women
- People of the American Old West
- American explorers
- American folklore
Latest information about Calamity Jane updated on June 14 2021.