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Jefferson R. 'Soapy' Smith was born, Coweta County,Georgia.
Smith Family migrates to U.S in 1700's, settled in Georgia in 1821.
Jefferson and his cousin Edwin "Bobo" witness the death of Sam Bass and his gang
Family experienced financial hardships during American Civil War, move to Round Rock, Texas.
Through out the 1870's and 1880's Smith began fooling groups in Denver with the newspaper headlined "The prize soap racket." This is how "Soapy' comes along and gets his name. At the time had over 100 men working for him.
In 1879 Jefferson moved to Denver with plans of starting life of cons. He didn't move around like many con men he was smart he began to assert political power as he bribes the bad cops in the town of Denver.
Jefferson SMith creates Tivoli Club, a gambling saloon on 17th street of Denver. Gambling opportunities, fake insurance policies, fake lotteries, and absurd auctions. Starting selling soap bars on the streets of Denver with a chance to "win money" in each pack of soap. 17th street between Union Station became the streets of DOOM.
In 1892 there is a new major in the town of Denver pitching gambling laws, business starts to slow, Soapy makes a trip to Creede, Colorado within 24 hours he buying the whole mainstreet of the town and declares himself the town boss. Now pitching a dead man scam claiming to have bought him from miners outside of town and charging 10 cents to see him, but the scam isn't the 'dead man' it's the con men swarming the streets of the event conning everyone in sight.
In 1896, there is new a governor with tons of populist reforms on gambling laws of Denver, firing 3 of Soapy's corrupt political figures. Soapy gets sworn into a deputy officer position. Gambling the advances underground after the reforms, staging of fake raids, to secure money of his victims.
Denver is starting to storm downward and Soapy moves onto Alaska before being convicted of any crimes. Now pitching a fake meeting in town on the reforms of gambling. He is shot and killed walking into the meeting on July 7th, 1898.
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