Western Frontiersman. Primarily a gambler and saloon owner, he was a friend of the Earps, Mastersons and Doc Holliday. A known figure in Arizona, he killed a man in Tombstone shortly before he left and not long before the OK Corral shoot out. When he was in Dodge City, after he left Tombstone, he called on his old friends to help him, and the "Dodge City Peace Commission" (as they were called) protected him from the Dodge City lawmen. He was, however, involved in a number of additional fatal gunfights. One such gunfight involved lawman and racketeer Jim "Longhair" Courtright in Fort Worth, Texas. The saloon shootout proved fatal for Courtright when his gun jammed and Short shot off Courtright's thumb. Before he could switch his gun to the other hand, Short shot him again with a bullet through the heart. Luke Short died years later in Kansas and is ironically buried in the same cemetery as Courtright.
Cause of death: Dropsy
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Record added: Sep 26, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 6465
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