Jesse Chisholm: Ambassador of the Plains

Jesse Chisholm: Ambassador of the Plains

by Stan Hoig
     
 

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The Chisholm Trail, traveled by Texas longhorn cattle moving northward across present-day Oklahoma to Kansas, was named for mixed-blood Cherokee Jesse Chisholm (1805–1868). Though Chisholm’s prominence in western lore rests largely on this connection, he was active on the frontier long before the naming of the trail. Because he left no diaries, letters,

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The Chisholm Trail, traveled by Texas longhorn cattle moving northward across present-day Oklahoma to Kansas, was named for mixed-blood Cherokee Jesse Chisholm (1805–1868). Though Chisholm’s prominence in western lore rests largely on this connection, he was active on the frontier long before the naming of the trail. Because he left no diaries, letters, or personal documents, however, his life has been shrouded in mystery.

Drawing from many sources, including early state and federal documents, newspaper accounts, and trade and military records, Stan Hoig offers the clearest picture to date of the many important roles Chisholm played: trailblazer, friend of Indian chiefs, linguist of Indian languages, scout, and—perhaps most important—liaison between Indian tribes, the U.S. government, and the Republic of Texas. With his formidable intellect and talent for diplomacy, Chisholm blazed a trail in the history of the American Southwest more fascinating even than the one that bears his name.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806136882
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,147,027
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Stan Hoig is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. His many books on the West and American Indians include The Sand Creek Massacre, The Peace Chiefs of the Cheyennes, and Tribal Wars of the Southern Plains.

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