Thomas C. Battey, born in Starksboro, Vermont, in 1828, was a Quaker missionary and teacher
to the Caddo, Cheyenne, Apache, and Kiowa. In 1871 Battey moved to Indian Territory to work
with the Caddo Indians; two years later Kicking Bird, a Kiowa chief, asked him to start a
school for the Kiowa children near Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was later appointed field agent
for the Kiowa Agency. Due to his failing health, Battey returned to his farm in Viola,
Kansas in 1874. His book, The life and adventures of a Quaker among the Indians, was
published in 1875. Battey moved to Ohio in 1890 and died of cancer in 1897.
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