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Parker (Ely Samuel) Papers
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A collection of material related to the life and work of Ely Samuel Parker, Native American representative and lawyer.
Ely Samuel Parker (1828-1895) was a Seneca Indian born on the Tonawanda Reservation in western New York; he was known as Do-Ne-Ho-Ga-Wa and was Seneca sachem of the Six Nations. At the age of 19 he served as a representative of his people to Washington, D.C., championing their cause against removal to the west. He studied law and became a lawyer; during the Civil War he became Ulysses S. Grant's military secretary and for meritorious service won the brevet appointment of Brigadier-General. From 1869 to 1871 Parker was Commissioner of Indian Affairs. In later years Parker ventured into business and held positions on the New York Police Department. He died on August 30, 1895 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Nicholson Henry Parker (1824-1892) was Ely S. Parker's brother, and as a young man was well known as a lecturer on Native American tribal history and customs. He was greatly interested in the Native American's fight against expulsion from their reservations; for many years he worked as an United States interpreter.
2.3 Linear Feet (2 boxes, 2 volumes)
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