Annie Oakley

American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter
Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926),[1] born Phoebe Ann Mosey, was an American sharpshooter (skilled with guns).[2] She was a star in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Oakley was born in Ohio to Jacob and Susan Mosey.[2] On June 20, 1882 she married Frank E. Butler, another skilled shooter.[2] The couple joined Buffalo Bill's show in 1885.[2] Oakley performed before several European heads of state, including Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II.[2] She left the show in 1902 and began acting. Oakley died in 1926 of pernicious anemia (a type of blood disorder).[2] She was buried in Greenville, Ohio.[2] Frank Butler died 18 days later.


  1. "Woman Rifle Expert Dies". St. Petersburg Times. November 4, 1926. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Holbrook, Stweart H. (April 28, 1947). "Annie Oakley:She Was the World's Best Woman Shot". LIFE. Retrieved November 21, 2011.