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<p>Phoebe Anne Moses was a world famous markswoman and entertainer who was better known by her stage name of &quot;Annie Oakley.&quot;</p>  
 
<p>Phoebe Anne Moses was a world famous markswoman and entertainer who was better known by her stage name of &quot;Annie Oakley.&quot;</p>  
<p>Moses was born on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio. Some scholars believe her last name was actually Mozee. Moses received a limited formal education, but she became an expert markswoman at a young age. She assisted her parents in paying off the mortgage on the family farm by selling wild game that she killed.</p>  
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<p>Moses was born on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio to Quaker parents. Some scholars believe her last name was actually Mozee. Throughout her life, she and her family spelled the last name in both ways. Moses received a limited formal education, but she became an expert markswoman at a young age. Considering the Quakers' opposition to violence, Moses' proficiency with a gun is somewhat surprising. She assisted her parents in paying off the mortgage on the family farm by selling wild game that she killed.</p>  
<p>By the mid 1870s, Moses had earned a name for herself due to her shooting skills. In 1875, she won a contest against Frank Butler, a marksman who earned a living by performing in circuses. Butler convinced Moses to travel with him across the country. The two performers later were married.</p>  
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<p>By the mid 1870s, Moses had earned a name for herself due to her shooting skills. In 1875, she won a contest against Frank Butler, a marksman who earned a living by performing in circuses. Butler convinced Moses to travel with him across the country, demonstrating her skills. The two performers later were married.</p>  
<p>In 1885, the couple joined &quot;Buffalo Bill&quot; Cody's Wild West Show. Moses became known as &quot;Miss Annie Oakley, the Peerless Lady Wing-Shot.&quot; In her act, Oakley routinely split a card in two edge-wise with a single shot from thirty paces. She shot cigarettes out of her husband's mouth. On a tour of Europe, she performed this same trick with Crown Prince Wilhelm, who later became Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Oakley also shot dimes thrown into the air. </p>  
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<p>In 1885, the couple joined &quot;Buffalo Bill&quot; Cody's Wild West Show. Moses became known as &quot;Miss Annie Oakley, the Peerless Lady Wing-Shot.&quot; Oakley took her stage name from the Oakley neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she had previously lived. In her act, Oakley routinely split a card in two edge-wise with a single shot from thirty paces. She shot cigarettes out of her husband's mouth. On a tour of Europe, she performed this same trick with Crown Prince Wilhelm, who later became Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Oakley also shot dimes thrown into the air. Due to her proficiency with a gun, she emerged as the first female U.S. superstar and was worshiped by young and old people around the world. She also became a spokesperson for allowing women to serve in the armed forces, including in combat positions.</p>
<p>Oakley remained with the Wild West Show until 1901, when she became partially paralyzed after a train accident. She eventually recovered and returned to show business. She died on November 3, 1926.</p>
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<p>Moses also starred in one of the first Kinetoscope films in history. In 1894, she starred in Thomas Alva Edison's &quot;<em>The &quot;Little Sure Shot&quot; of the &quot;Wild West,&quot; exhibition of rifle shooting at glass balls, etc</em>.&quot; In honor of her many achievements and her legacy, Mozee's life has been documented in film on several different occasions. A Broadway play, &quot;Annie Get Your Gun,&quot; was also produced about her life.</p>  
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<p>Oakley remained with the Wild West Show until 1901, when she became partially paralyzed after an automobile accident. She eventually recovered and returned to show business. She died on November 3, 1926.</p>  <br />
 
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Latest revision as of 12:56, 26 February 2014

Phoebe Anne Moses was a world famous markswoman and entertainer who was better known by her stage name of "Annie Oakley."

Moses was born on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio to Quaker parents. Some scholars believe her last name was actually Mozee. Throughout her life, she and her family spelled the last name in both ways. Moses received a limited formal education, but she became an expert markswoman at a young age. Considering the Quakers' opposition to violence, Moses' proficiency with a gun is somewhat surprising. She assisted her parents in paying off the mortgage on the family farm by selling wild game that she killed.

By the mid 1870s, Moses had earned a name for herself due to her shooting skills. In 1875, she won a contest against Frank Butler, a marksman who earned a living by performing in circuses. Butler convinced Moses to travel with him across the country, demonstrating her skills. The two performers later were married.

In 1885, the couple joined "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West Show. Moses became known as "Miss Annie Oakley, the Peerless Lady Wing-Shot." Oakley took her stage name from the Oakley neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she had previously lived. In her act, Oakley routinely split a card in two edge-wise with a single shot from thirty paces. She shot cigarettes out of her husband's mouth. On a tour of Europe, she performed this same trick with Crown Prince Wilhelm, who later became Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Oakley also shot dimes thrown into the air. Due to her proficiency with a gun, she emerged as the first female U.S. superstar and was worshiped by young and old people around the world. She also became a spokesperson for allowing women to serve in the armed forces, including in combat positions.

Moses also starred in one of the first Kinetoscope films in history. In 1894, she starred in Thomas Alva Edison's "The "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," exhibition of rifle shooting at glass balls, etc." In honor of her many achievements and her legacy, Mozee's life has been documented in film on several different occasions. A Broadway play, "Annie Get Your Gun," was also produced about her life.

Oakley remained with the Wild West Show until 1901, when she became partially paralyzed after an automobile accident. She eventually recovered and returned to show business. She died on November 3, 1926.


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