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    Document Signed E. W. Bushyhead (Cherokee Indian) Sheriff San Diego 1880s. He was born March 2, 1832, at Cleveland, Tenn. His father led 1,000 Cherokees over the Trail of Tears. He was one of two Cherokees who trekked west that year who made names for themselves in California journalism and letters. Ned Bushyhead tried mining at Placerville for a year, then tried Tuolumne County for two years, then went to Calaveras County. There he met an Illinois lawyer, William Jeff Gatewood. Together they published a newspaper. Because Gatewood had married into the Crosthwaite family of San Diego and came under their influence, the paper was moved to San Diego. Bushyhead did not like the prospects of San Diego nor the new venture and purposefully did not use his name in connection with the publication of the first issues of The Union. The publisher was listed as J.N. Briseno, an employee. But the Cherokee outlasted them all. Gatewood sold out after eight months. Bushyhead stayed with The Union through four partners and the transition from a profitable and enterprising weekly to a daily which demanded much from him and Douglas Gunn, his last partner. In 1873, he sold his interest for $5,000. Bushyhead served San Diego and San Diego County as chief of police and sheriff.

    State and County tax document dated Dec. 15, 1884, receipt signed by E. W. Bushyhead was a famous Chief of Police and Sheriff in San Diego County, San Diego, California. Measures approximately 10.25" x 8.25".

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