Ben Johnson was born on the Osage Indian Reservation to a Cherokee mother and an Irish father, who was a rancher and rodeo champion. Johnson landed in California, delivering horses from an Oklahoma ranch to be used in a film. He began his movie career doing stunt work and wrangling horses. In 1948, while on the set of Fort Apache, Johnson witnessed a runaway wagon and rode to the rescue, bringing the wagon to a halt. Director John Ford was impressed and signed him to a seven-year contract, establishing his career as an actor. In 1953, he took time off to compete in a P.R.C.A. rodeo where he became a team roping world champion. A successful businessman, he became a millionaire breeding horses and investing in real estate.
This Ben Johnson History Mug is part of our Rodeo series which includes many unique rodeo stars. Activities involved in the practice of herding cattle were the basis of what became modern day rodeos. Nowadays cowboys and cowgirls compete in steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.