Parker, Quanah, 1845?-1911

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Birth 1852
Death 1911-02-23

Biographical notes:

Prominant Comanche chief; lived in Fort Sill, Okla., area.

From the description of Papers, 1852-1911. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70971447

Quanah Parker (ca. 1845-1911), son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and famous Indian captive Cynthia Ann Parker, was the last chief of the Quahada Comanche Indians.

He played a prominent role in the Comanche tribe's resistance to white settlement and ultimately to their adjustment to reservation life. Parker led the Quahada assault on Adobe Walls, 1874, conducting raids into Texas to avenge the murders of Indian relatives. Despite this fact, and that he practiced nomadic hunting, he also became a cattle rancher, supported the construction of schools on reservation lands, and encouraged Indian youths to learn about the white people. Furthermore, Parker developed agreements with white ranchers, leasing out to them grazing lands on the Comanche reservation. He invested wisely, including in the Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railway, and became quite wealthy. Committed to learning white ways, Parker was friendly with prominent Texas Panhandle ranchers and American Presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt.

Though Parker advocated assimilation into the white way of life, he did not completely renounce his heritage.

He remained faithful to many of his native traditions, including polygamy and the rejection of Christianity. He also kept his long braids. By 1901 the federal government had broken up reservation lands belonging to the Comanches for individual sale. Parker continued to ranch and work with whites. He became deputy sheriff of Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1902. He fell ill and died in 1911.

From the description of Parker (Quanah) Letters, 1909 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 776649400


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  • Fort Worth (Tex.) (as recorded)