February 8, 2014

Is Soapy Smith the absolute worst in Alaska?

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he absolute worst person from each state is what it is advertised as. Soapy Smith is the representative for the state of Alaska, on the worst map on Mandatory.com. I've heard others add their opinions of far worse human beings that could/should have been chosen, but if they had, you wouldn't be looking at this post right now.
Matt Shirley.

Matt Shirley, creator of the map, writes, "Ever wondered who the biggest asshole from your state is? We've got you covered! And we aren't talking about the Shia LaBeoufs and Paris Hiltons of the world... Much, much worse than that."

Warren Yeager disagrees.
Was Soapy really the "Worst Person"? I mean, he was a scoundrel, bunko artist, con man and grifter, but seriously, haven't there been more despicable individuals? Always glad for some Soapy props, but, worst person?.....dubious at best...

Then there is Brittney Thomas.
He beat out that serial killer near Anchorage who would take the women by bush plane out to his remote cabin and brutally rape and torture them, and then let them loose naked and blindfolded before tracking them and hunting them down with a knife or rifle. So this list is probably a little off.

"Soapy" Smith is not a dangerous man, and not a desperado. He will fight to very good purpose if he must, but he is not in the least quarrelsome. Cool in the presence of danger, absolutely fearless, honorable in the discharge of those obligations which he recognizes, generous with his money, and ever ready with a helping hand for a man or woman in distress, he bitterly resents the imputation that he is a thief or vagrant. [San Francisco Examiner]
Alias Soapy Smith, p. 493.


1675: The first U.S. corporation, The New York Fishing Company, is charted.
1790: In the U.S., George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address.
1815: The Battle of New Orleans begins. The War of 1812 had officially ended on December 24, 1814, with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent but the news of the signing had not reached British troops in time to prevent their attack on New Orleans.
1838: Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph code he had devised using dots and dashes as letters. The code is the predecessor to Samuel Morse's code.
1856: Borax (hydrated sodium borate) is discovered by Dr. John Veatch.
1863: The Central Pacific Railroad has its groundbreaking ceremony in Sacramento, California.
1865: 1,400 Kickapoo Indians defeat 370 members of the attacking Texas militia at Dove Creek, near San Angelo, Texas.
1869: Camp Wichita is established on Medicine Bluff Creek, Oklahoma by General Sheridan.
1870: US mint Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins.
1877: Crazy Horse (Tashunca-uitco) and nearly 800 Sioux and Northern Cheyenne Indian warriors launch a surprise attack on Colonel Nelson Miles and 7 companies of infantrymen in the Wolf Mountains above the Tongue River, Montana Territory. It is their final battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana.
1889: The tabulating machine is patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith. His firm, Tabulating Machine Company, later becomes International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).
1894: Fire causes serious damage at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, IL.
1895: Outlaw John Wesley Hardin marries Callie Lewis, a marriage that lasts only a few hours.
1900: U.S. President McKinley places the District of Alaska under military rule.


  1. I have another problem with this map re:Soapy. They have H.H. Holmes in New Hampshire because he was born there. He did his killing in Chicago and elsewhere. Same with Sundance Kid, Charles Manson, Jim Jones, etc. Soapy wasn't born in Alaska, why change the rules for him?

    1. Yes Robert, you are very correct. Soapy was in Skagway, Alaska for less than a year total, but then again, that's only because he died.

      Jeff Smith


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