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Major Ridge

Deceased Person from United States of America

Major Ridge Major Ridge, The Ridge (and sometimes Pathkiller II) (c. 1771 – June 22, 1839) (also known as Nunnehidihi, and later Ganundalegi) was a Cherokee leader, a member of the tribal council and a lawmaker. A warrior, he served in the Chickamauga Wars against British colonists. He led Cherokee in alliance with General Andrew Jackson and the United States in the Creek War, and the First Seminole War. Along with Charles R. Hicks and James Vann, Ridge was part of the "Cherokee triumvirate," a group of younger chiefs in the early nineteenth century Cherokee Nation who supported acculturation and other changes in how the people dealt with the United States. All were of mixed race and had some exposure to European-American culture, but identified as Cherokee. Ridge became a wealthy planter, slave owner and ferryman. Under increasing pressure for removal from the federal government, Ridge and others of the minority Treaty Party signed the controversial Treaty of New Echota of 1835. They believed removal was inevitable and tried to protect Cherokee rights. It required the Cherokee to cede their remaining lands in the Southeast to the US and relocate to the Indian Territory. Opponents protested to  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1771
Place of birth
Tennessee
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Sehoyah Kate Parris
Children
John Ridge John Ridge
Profession
Tribal chief

Death

Date of death
1839-06-22
Cause of death
Murder,Assassination
Place of death
White Rock Creek

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