Chief John Ross

Chief John Ross

Birth
Turkeytown, Etowah County, Alabama, USA
Death 1 Aug 1866 (aged 75)
Washington City, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Park Hill, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot 142
Memorial ID 5786493 · View Source
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Native American Cherokee Chief. In 1828, he was the first and only elected Chief of Cherokee Nation, serving 38 years until his death. During the Creek War he served as a Lieutenant in the US Militia Army and fought with Sam Houston at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. He also was invaluable to other tribes helping the Moravians establish a mission at Brainerd, Tennessee. When the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832 divided Cherokee land among the whites, he filed suit in the white man's courts and won. However, the ruling was un-enforced and he relocated his tribe to Oklahoma in what became known as the "Trail of Tears" in 1838. During the Civil War 1861 to 1865, he governed his people by keeping the peace and remaining neutral in the turbulent years. He died while conducting tribal business in Washington D.C.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith



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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Robert Bruce Ross, IV
  • Added: 19 Sep 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5786493
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chief John Ross (3 Oct 1790–1 Aug 1866), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5786493, citing Ross Cemetery, Park Hill, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .