John Philip Clum

John Philip Clum

Claverack, Columbia County, New York, USA
Death 2 May 1932 (aged 80)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Resthaven, Map 01, Lot 321, Space 5
Memorial ID 14731883 · View Source
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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

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Philip Clum (1 Sep 1851–2 May 1932), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14731883, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .