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    John Ross Autograph Document Signed as chief of the Cherokee Nation. One blue, lined page, 7.5" x 6.75", March 6, 1857, "Executive Department", authorizing payment for educational supplies. In part: "Lewis Ross Es./ National Treasurer/ Will Pay to the order of John W. Staplen the sum of Eleven Dollars & Seven cents out of the School fund for supplies furnished. . . . John Ross". The years between 1819 and 1866 were turbulent for the Cherokee Nation: they attempted to become an independent nation, they lost their ancestral lands, and they were forcibly removed to the Indian Territory in modern Oklahoma. John Ross (1790-1866) was a leading Cherokee figure throughout these times. He spoke little of the Cherokee language and was, for many, more similar to well-bred country gentlemen than to his Cherokee heritage. Still, the majority of the tribe supported him and elected him as their principal chief for most of his lifetime. Fine signature with swirling paraph. Document is missing the bottom left corner and has some light staining; near fine. "John W. Staplen" has signed the verso stating he received payment.

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