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Home near North Star crossroads in Darke County, Ohio where sharpshooter Annie Oakley lived as a teenager in the 1870s. Phoebe Anne Mozee (also Mosey, Moses), better known as Annie Oakley, was a famous sharpshooter and women's rights advocate in the late 19th and early 20th century. Born August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio, Annie Oakley showed skill with firearms from an early age, using profits earned from the sale of wild game she killed to pay off her parents' mortage. In 1875, she won a shooting contest against marksman Frank E. Butler in Cincinnati, Ohio, who convinced her to travel and perform with him. Oakley and Butler later married. The two performed in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show where Oakley remained until 1901, traveling across the country and to Europe with the show, where Annie Oakley famously shot a cigarette from between German Crown Prince Wilhelm's fingers. She emerged as the first female American superstar and advocated women's rights to join the army and serve in active combat situations.
Ohio Historical Society SC 2787. Collection: Annie Oakley.
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