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MAJ Elias Cornelius Boudinot

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MAJ Elias Cornelius Boudinot

  • Birth 1 Aug 1835 Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 27 Sep 1890 Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
  • Burial Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
  • Plot 35°22'13.56"N, 94°24'11.87"W
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  • Memorial ID 9426064

Confederate Congressman. A member of the Cherokee Nation, he moved with his family from Georgia to present day Oklahoma, just before the “Trail of Tears”. After the assassination of his father, Elias Boudinot, he went to New England, before moving to Arkansas where he became editor of two newspapers. At the start of the Civil War he joined Stand Watie’s Confederate Indian Brigade where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1862 he left the brigade to become the tribal representative in the Confederate Congress. He served in that position until 1865. After the war he returned to Arkansas where he practiced law. He also worked as a clerk in the US Congress, lobbying for the railroad to come into Cherokee Nation territory. In 1870 he drove the first spike when the railroad entered Indian Territory.

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  • Added: 6 Sep 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Elias Cornelius Boudinot (1 Aug 1835–27 Sep 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9426064, citing Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .