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Chief Alice <I>Brown</I> Davis

Chief Alice Brown Davis

Tahlequah, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 21 Jun 1933 (aged 80)
Wewoka, Seminole County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Wewoka, Seminole County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 36616774 · View Source
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Alice was born near Parkhill in the Cherokee Nation. Her parents were Dr. John F. Brown, a government physician from Charleston, SC, and Kune Hvt'ke, a Seminole girl of the Tiger clan. The Seminoles did not allow mixed marriages at that time, so the Browns lived for several years in the Cherokee Nation. Alice was well-educated by private tutors and in boarding schools.

In 1873, Alice married George Rollin Davis who had come to Oklahoma from Leroy, KS. They established a ranch and trading post in the north part of the Nation and called it Arbeka. They were also busy raising a large family of ten children. About the time their last child was born, George and Alice divorced. In addition to rearing her children, she now ran the trading post and served as Postmistress as well.

Alice supported her family by working as an official interpreter in the courts when any Seminole required her help. She dedicated much of her time in helping her people. In 1903, she spent three months in Mexico, with a party of Seminoles, working on tribal affairs. In 1905, she went to Florida to act as interpreter for the U.S. Government in the celebrated murder trial of John Ashley who was being tried for the murder of De Soto Tiger, a prominent Seminole. Alice also served as Superintendent of Emahaka Academy for Seminole girls, located near Sasakwa, but was forced to give up that job after a dispute with the Federal government over control of the school. In 1909, Mrs. Davis went back to Florida as an emissary from the Seminole Nation, I.T. to the Seminoles still living in the Florida Everglades.

In 1922, President Harding appointed Alice as Chief of the Oklahoma Seminole Nation. She was sworn in at the District Court House in Muskogee. After she concluded the tribe's affairs, she resigned. Alice's last years were spent in Wewoka. She continued to serve as an interpreter for the tribe until a few years before her death from heart disease. According to one of Alice's obituaries, she was, at the time of her death, the only Indian woman to have been named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Chief Alice Brown Davis (10 Sep 1852–21 Jun 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36616774, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Wewoka, Seminole County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 47102898) .