Originally featured in Points West magazine in Fall/Winter 2017
Photograph, William F. Cody visiting at the home John S. Bell, former chief of the Secret Service
Surveying William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life, one would be hard-pressed to list all the people that the Great Showman knew—or who knew him. From presidents to kings and from actors to financiers, Buffalo Bill was, by most accounts, the most famous celebrity in the world at the turn of the twentieth century.
We can assume that John S. Bell, ex-chief of the United States Secret Service, felt the same way when he hosted Cody in his Newark, New Jersey, home. In this photograph, he and his family are pictured with Cody on the front steps of their house, May 24, 1902.
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Left to right: John S. Bell, Miss Mary Buckley, Col. Wm. F. Cody, Master Charles H. Bell, and Mrs. John S. Bell. MS 6 William F. Cody Collection. P.69.1067