DescriptionJohn Ross, Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Autograph Document Signed. One page penned on blue, lined paper, 7.75" x 6", "Executive Department," February 3, 1857, authorizing payment to a teacher for services during the school session just completed. In part: "Lewis Ross Esq., National Treasurer, Will Pay to the order of Sarah Hicks the order of One Hundred & Sixty six Dolls & Sixty six cents out of the Genl. School fund for services as Teacher for the Session just closed. . . . 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 figure throughout these times for the Cherokee. He spoke little of the Cherokee language and was, for many, more similar to the 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, clear signature with swirling paraph. Document is in very fine condition and imminently suited for framing and prominent display.
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