Charles Goodnight

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Birthday
5, 1836
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Dec 12, 1929 (93)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
5, 1836
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Dec 12, 1929 (93)

About

Remembered for herding Texas Longhorns and bison, this western rancher was immortalized in author Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer-Prize winning historical novel Lonesome Dove.

Before Fame

A native of Macoupin County, Illinois, he later relocated to Texas and fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Trivia

His home near Amarillo, Texas was restored and included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Family Life

Following the death of his first wife, Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight, he married his cousin Corinne Goodnight.

Associated With

He was highly praised by his contemporary and friend, Texas writer and journalist James Frank Dobie.