Remembered for herding Texas Longhorns and bison, this western rancher was immortalized in author Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer-Prize winning historical novel Lonesome Dove.
A native of Macoupin County, Illinois, he later relocated to Texas and fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
His home near Amarillo, Texas was restored and included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Following the death of his first wife, Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight, he married his cousin Corinne Goodnight.
He was highly praised by his contemporary and friend, Texas writer and journalist James Frank Dobie.