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Little Turkey

Little Turkey Cherokee leader

Cherokee leader
Little Turkey
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Quick Facts

Intro Cherokee leader
Was Tribal chief
From United States of America
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 1758
Death 1801 (aged 43 years)
The details

Biography

Little Turkey (1758–1801) was First Beloved Man of the Cherokee people, becoming, in 1794, the first Principal Chief of the original Cherokee Nation.

Headman

Little Turkey, born in 1758, was elected First Beloved Man by the general council of the Cherokee upon the re-establishment of the council's seat at Ustanali on the Conasauga River. This was following the murder of Corntassel in 1788.

The United States acknowledged his rival, Hanging Maw of Coyatee, as the Cherokee leading headman, but the larger part of the Cherokee themselves, including the Chickamauga Cherokee (or Lower Cherokee) who followed Dragging Canoe, recognized Little Turkey as leader.

Following the end of the Cherokee–American wars (1794) and the subsequent organization that year of a national government, his title became Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation—a title he held until his death in 1801.

Preceded by
Corntassel
First Beloved Man
1788–1794
Succeeded by
Title ceased to exist
Preceded by
Title nonexistent
Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
1794–1801
Succeeded by
Black Fox
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https://web.archive.org/web/20121102085255/http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v015/v015p253.html
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