Nantan - The Life and Times of John P. Clum

Volume 1: Claverack to Tombstone 1851-1882
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  • Published: November 2007
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  • Pages: 482
  • Size: 7x10
  • ISBN: 9781425138653
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John P. Clum is perhaps best known as Tombstone's Mayor during that town's most violent period. But that was just one small slice of a long and fascinating life! Blazing a trail across the American frontier, John Clum engaged in a multitude of exciting careers.

As a "Storm Sergeant" he telegraphed the first weather report from a post-Civil War Santa Fe, New Mexico.

As an Indian Agent and one of the earliest advocates for Indian rights, he founded the first successful Indian self-ruling government complete with an Indian Police force, a concept later adopted by the US government for all reservations. He would use his Indian Police to help capture the renegade Apache, Geronimo - the only time Geronimo was ever taken at gun-point!

He founded, what is today, the second oldest continuously operated newspaper in Arizona, the Tombstone Epitaph, an enduring icon of the old west.

He became an enemy of Tombstone's cow-boys including Curly Bill Brocious, Johnny Ringo and Ike Clanton when, as Tombstone's Mayor, he supported the Earp/Holliday "faction", surviving an assassination attempt.

The Apaches called him Nantan. Tombstoners called him Mayor. Wyatt Earp called him a friend. Supporters called him heroic, brave and daring. His detractors called him bombastic, impudent and brash.

He could handle a gun and a town council meeting with equal aplomb. And it is all included here in Nantan: The Life and Times of John P. Clum - both sides of an extraordinary man.

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