born 1860

From a difficult childhood to superstardom, Annie Oakley won the respect of men + women alike {not to mention royalty and heads of state} with her outstanding marksmanship and charming stage presence. Annie's talent led her to international renown, becoming one of the most famous shooters in history.

In a field dominated by men, Annie bested the best in the business, earning a featured spot in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, as well as performing for prominent figures such as Sitting Bull, Kaiser Wilhelm II + Queen Victoria.

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her quotes

all quotes by Annie Oakley (6)

"God intended women to be outside as well as men, and they do not know what they are missing when they stay cooped up in the house."

Annie Oakley: The Story of my Life {quoted in Annie Oakley by Shirl Kasper} | ca. 1896 - 1901

"I was eight years old when I made my first shot, and I still consider it one of the best shots I ever made."

Philadelphia Public Ledger {quoted in Annie Oakley by Shirl Kasper} | may 1919

"Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success."

on a postcard {quoted in Annie Oakley by Shirl Kasper} | fall 1922

"Why, I have been told three different times by various doctors that I would never get on a horse again! But I always did!"

Annie Oakley | nov. 1922

"For me, sitting still is harder than any kind of work."

Newark Star Eagle {quoted in Annie Oakley by Shirl Kasper} | october 1925

"After traveling through fourteen foreign countries and appearing before all the royalty and nobility I have only one wish today. That is that when my eyes are closed in death that they will bury me back in that quiet little farm land where I was born."

Newark Star Eagle {quoted in Annie Oakley by Shirl Kasper} | october 1925
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curated with care by Angela Willard {september 2014}