The Norman Transcript

August 25, 2013

Life of original Buffalo Bill told in author’s book

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — In his new biography, “William Mathewson,” Norman author Richard J. Mathewson chronicles the life and works of his ancestor, William Mathewson, the original Buffalo Bill.

When the name Buffalo Bill is heard, not too many people think of William Mathewson. This book is about his story. He earned the respect and love of local settlers he saved during the winter famine of 1860-1861 — to which he also refused to accept payments from — by giving them meat from hunting buffalos.

William Mathewson also used the trust he earned from the Kiowa Americans Indians around the area to gather delegations of them in 1865 to negotiate the Little Arkansas Treaty and in 1867 for the Medicine Lodge Council meeting, the latter of which resulted in Indian lands being consolidated into smaller tracts and opened up Kansas for railroad expansion.

Despite his accomplishments, he remained modest and humble and did not sell his stories to newsmen; this is probably the reason why his epithet Buffalo Bill is most often attributed to William F. Cody.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at or by visiting or