Folk Figure. Born the son of Major John Walker; a grandson of Nancy Ward; he was said to have been a man of superior education and influential connections. Although known as Chief Jack, Walker was never a chief, merely a man of prominence among the Cherokee. In 1831, without authorization from the Cherokee Nation, he went to Washington where he advanced the cause of the removal of the Cherokees from East Tennessee. He and his actions were repudiated by a large segment of the tribe. In 1834 Walker was ambushed and killed by anti-removal advocates between Benton Pike and his home in Walker Valley. A witness identified the assailants as James Foreman and Isaac Springston, both tribesmen, though apparently only Foreman was charged with the crime. The Cherokee Nation appealed Forman's conviction to the United States Supreme Court, but before a hearing was made, the tribe were removed to the West and the appeal abandoned.
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