(September 23, 1853 - September 24, 1895)
Born in Fort Arbuckle, Oklahoma, Fred Waite was a Chickasaw. Waite wandered to New Mexico where he became one of John Tunstall's cowboys. When Tunstall was killed, Waite along with Billy the Kid became a "Regulator" during the Lincoln County War.
Waite was behind the wall when Sheriff Brady was killed and at Blazer's Mill when the "Regulators" killed Buck Shot Roberts. His location is not known during the Five Day Battle at the McSween house.
Waite split from "Billy's" gang and return to the Chickasaw Nation, I.T. Here Waite entered the political scene serving as Representative, Speaker of the House, Senator and Attorney General for the Chickasaw Nation. As Secretary of State, Waite was being groomed to serve as Governor for the Nation. Only his death prevented service in this honored position.
Fred Waite is buried in the Pauls Valley Cemetery in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
Information compiled by Steve Grimm
Drawing by Richard Florence
Books About Fred Waite
Chronicles of Oklahoma, Vol. 76, No. 2, Summer 1998 by Michael Tower
Thanks to Michael Tower for the corrections and additions to the Fred Waite story. The item mentioned above contains Tower's research about Fred Waite.