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Iroquois History and Legends

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Jun 1, 2020

It could be said that Ely Parker was the most famous Seneca man of the 19th Century. The grandnephew of Red Jacket became a teenage diplomat, interpreter, aspiring lawyer, domestic engineer and Sachem all before the age of 30. The crazy thing is, that is not at all what he is remembered for. Later in life he would become a General in the Civil War, a Wall Street broker and the first Indigenous person ever to be the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

In this episode we look at the early years of Ely S. Parker.


The Life of General Ely S. Parker by Arthur C. Parker

Warrior in Two Camps by William Armstrong

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by John Meacham