|Mayor William Owen "Buckey" O'Neill, 1860-1898|
Even renowned western fiction authors could not dream up a more interesting character than the real-life story of Buckey O'Neill.
Although modern spellings of his nickname drop the "e", William Owens "Buckey" O'Neill was a gambler, lawyer, newspaperman, miner, Sheriff of Yavapai County, Mayor of Prescott, and finally, a Captain in Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders.
Buckey got his nickname from his days as a gambler. He enjoyed the poker game "faro" where going against the odds was called "bucking the tiger." Buckey had a penchant for going against the odds, but ultimately it would cost him his life at age 38.