A snapshot biography of Nat Love

Nat Love

People said Nat Love was one who never got discouraged. Regardless of what was happening, he kept a positive attitude.

Born enslaved in 1854 in Tennessee, Nat was a leader, hard worker and desired to help others from a young age. After his father and brother-in-law passed away while Nat was in his teens, he took on the responsibility of taking care of both households.

But with time, he longed to explore the world. When his uncle came to stay with the family, Nat felt the time was right to go. He went west, becoming a cowboy first in Texas and then in Arizona.

After living the cowboy life for eighteen years, Nat decided to settle down towards the late 19th century. He married and became a Pullman porter overseeing sleeping cars in Denver.

In the early 20th century, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a courier and guard for a security company. And where he published his autobiography, “Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as ‘Deadwood Dick,’ by Himself.”

“A snapshot biography of Nat Love” sources: “Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as ‘Deadwood Dick,’ by Himself.” (https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/natlove/natlove.html)