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John Philip Clum
Birth: Sep. 1, 1851
Columbia County
New York, USA
Death: May 2, 1932
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Western Folk Legend. After completing his first year at Rutger's College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, he entered the meteorological service of the United States Government. He was ordered to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and there opened a station for meteorological observations in November 1871. On February 27, 1874, President U.S. Grant signed his commission as Indian Agent at the San Carlos Reservation Arizona, in the center of Chiricahua Apache country. In position of agent, he was known as "White Chief of the Apaches" and worked well in keeping peace. He established the first Tribal Police and Tribal Court, on the Reservation and was the only man to capture Geronimo peacefully in 1877. After he resigned his post, he was elected first Mayor of Tomstone Arizona in 1881, he and Wyatt Earp became best of friends. He also founded the "Tucson Citizen" and "Tombstone Epitaph" newspapers. In 1898, he was appointed Postal Inspector for the Territory of Alaska and served as postmaster for Fairbanks until 1909. He relocated to California, was a citrus rancher, moving to Los Angeles in 1928 and took part in local affairs. He was frequently called upon by motion picture producers to serve as consultant on matters pertaining to the Apaches. A narrative of John P. Clum's life as Apache Agent was the subject of the 1956 motion picture, "Walk the Proud Land" staring Audi Murphy. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Family links: 
  William Henry Clum (1815 - 1890)
  Elizabeth Ann Van Deusen Clum (1821 - 1918)
  Mary Dennison Ware Clum (1852 - 1880)*
  Henry Woodworth Clum (1878 - 1946)*
  William Henry Clum (1841 - 1865)*
  Cornelia Clum (1843 - 1932)*
  Jane Elizabeth Clum (1844 - 1922)*
  Sarah Ellen Clum (1847 - 1863)*
  George Adam Clum (1847 - 1935)*
  John Philip Clum (1851 - 1932)
  Robert A Clum (1855 - 1914)*
  Alfred Clum (1863 - 1945)*
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Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
California, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 34.12239, -118.24537
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jun 25, 2006
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John Philip Clum
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Rest in peace.
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 Added: Sep. 11, 2016

- Linda Davis
 Added: Sep. 1, 2016
On your 165th birthday
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Aug. 31, 2016
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