Buntline, Ned – Author


The Ned Buntline mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique authors and includes an image of Ned Buntline and a short biography.

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Edward Zane Carroll Judson Sr. was born in Harpersfield, NY.  In 1834, he ran away to the sea and was commissioned as a midshipman in 1838.  Ned served in the Seminole Wars and became a sergeant in the Civil War, before being dishonorably discharged for drunkenness.  As a writer, he was widely known for the 400 dime novels he wrote that popularized the Wild West, much of it pure fiction.  Ned Buntline was married at least eight times, often without divorcing previous wives.  He created the legend of The West, but his own outrageous life somehow escaped history’s scrutiny.

Colt Buntline

The story goes that Ned commissioned Colt to produce five 45 single-action army revolvers with a 16-inch barrel and gave them to Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman, Charlie Bassett, and Neal Brown.  This was the famous Buntline Special.  However, Colt has no record of the gun being commissioned by Buntline. A biographer of the life of Wyatt Earp fabricated that idea.  Well, as the saying goes “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”  The supposed Colt Buntline Special was made popular in the 1950 TV series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.  The Colt Manufacturing Company cashed in on the publicity and produced the Colt Buntline Special from 1957 to 1992.

This Edward Zane Carroll Judson Sr. aka Ned Buntline History Mug is part of our Author Series which includes many unique individuals.

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.

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