Parker, Quanah, 1845?-1911

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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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referencedIn Parker, Baldwin, 1883-1963. Parker, Baldwin, Narrative, 1930 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Allgood, Pat. Pat Allgood collection, 1929-1968. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Taulman, Joseph E., 1867-1946. Taulman, Joseph E., collection, objects and actions, 1878-1941. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Lutz, Ella Cox,. Ella Cox Lutz collection, [195-]-[196-]. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Biography -- Parker, Quanah. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Daughters of the American Revolution. Lawton Chapter. Daughters of the American Revolution photograph collection, undated. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Parker, Baldwin, Narrative, 1930 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Taulman, Joseph E., 1867-1946. Taulman, Joseph E., collection, places, 1887-1940. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Cache Creek Mission collection, 1888-1971. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Schott, John J. (John Joseph), d. 1943. John J. Schott photograph collection, 1880-1953. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn United States. Army. Historical photographs from the Lawton and Fort Sill, Okla., area, 1874-1972. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Cherry, J. A., Mrs,. Mrs. J.A. Cherry photograph collection, 1901-1925. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Joseph E. Taulman Collection 38947602, 39143903, 39143876, 39141360, 39143978, 39143879, 39143870, 2008-071., 1783-1994 Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Glassman, George,. Col. George Glassman collection, 1903-1972. Museum of the Great Plains
creatorOf Parker, Quanah, 1845?-1911. Papers, 1852-1911. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Ryan, Tom, 1922-. Tom Ryan papers, 1859-2002. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Comanche Indians in Oklahoma photograph collection, 1887-1920. Museum of the Great Plains
creatorOf Parker, Quanah. Parker (Quanah) Letters, 1909 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Nolan, Nicholas. The Nicholas Nolan papers, 1878-1880. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
referencedIn Early Lawton, Okla., photograph collection, 1905-1915. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn That Man Stone Co. Cirkut photograph of Quanah Parker, 1910?. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Page, Wanada Parker, 1887-1970. Quanah Parker Family collection, 1933-1987, undated 1952-1965, undated. Baylor University Libraries, Moody Memorial Library
referencedIn Bixby, Helen. Helen Bixby photograph collection, 1835-1959. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Ayers directory Lawton, Okla., photograph collection, 1901-1903. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Negri, Margi Lee. Papers, 1962. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
referencedIn Becker, Glenn V. (Glenn Vernon), 1918-2000. Glenn V. Becker photograph collection, 1890-1947. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Soule, William S. Soule, William S., Indians photograph album, 1869-1876. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Ballenger, Thomas Lee, 1882-1987. Thomas Lee Ballenger papers, 1730-1968 (bulk 1835-1968). Newberry Library
referencedIn William S. Soule Indians Photograph Album, ca. 1869-1876 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Harper, Katherine, d. 1984,. Katherine Harper photograph collection, 1890-1902. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Stevens, Otis L., 1917-2001,. Otis L. Stevens photograph collection, undated. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Bay, Geraldine Louise Greenlee, 1941-. Geraldine L. Bay photographic negatives collection, 1903-1908. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Look at Lawton photograph collection, 1910. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Connally, Ernest. Parker Family/Fort Parker collection, 1823-1983, undated 1935-1965, undated. Baylor University Libraries, Moody Memorial Library
creatorOf Cox, James M., 1914-1996. Comanche oral history tapes [videorecording] : 1999. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Neeley, Bill. Quanah Parker : chief in two worlds : [draft] / by Bill Neeley. Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library
referencedIn Lutz, Ella Cox, b. 1906. Ella Cox Lutz photograph collection, 1890-1962. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Gigoux, Zoe Elizabeth Sauerman, 1905-2004,. Zoe Gigoux photograph collection, 1901-1912. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn The Annette Ross Hume photograph collection. Wichita State University, Ablah Library
referencedIn Irwin, William E., 1871-1935. William E. Irwin photographic portfolio and photographs, circa 1899-circa 2003. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Roberts, Lou Ellen Young, 1882-. Papers, 1898-1974, 1917-1921. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
referencedIn Glenn, Shelton. Buffalo hunt manuscript [microform] / Shelton Glenn. University of Texas at El Paso
referencedIn Parker (Quanah) Letters 84-256., 1909 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Owsley, W. D.,. W.D. Owsley photograph collection, 1900-1910. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Addison, George A. George A. Addison photographs and tax document, circa 1890-1907. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Rice, Wilbur R., 1895-1975. Wilbur R. Rice/Quanah Parker burial photograph collection, 1911. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Photoprints, 1880-1910. University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
referencedIn Taulman, Joseph E., 1867-1946. Taulman, Joseph E., collection, persons, 1865-1946. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
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associatedWith Addison, George A. person
associatedWith Allgood, Pat. person
associatedWith Ballenger, Thomas Lee, 1882-1987. person
associatedWith Bay, Geraldine Louise Greenlee, 1941- person
associatedWith Becker, Glenn V. (Glenn Vernon), 1918-2000. person
associatedWith Bixby, Helen. person
associatedWith Burnett, Samuel Burk. person
associatedWith Cherry, J. A., Mrs, person
associatedWith Connally, Ernest. person
associatedWith Daughters of the American Revolution. Lawton Chapter. corporateBody
associatedWith Gigoux, Zoe Elizabeth Sauerman, 1905-2004, person
associatedWith Glassman, George, person
associatedWith Glenn, Shelton. person
correspondedWith Goodnight, Charles, 1836-1929 person
associatedWith Harper, Katherine, d. 1984, person
associatedWith Irwin, William E., 1871-1935. person
associatedWith Lutz, Ella Cox, person
associatedWith Lutz, Ella Cox, b. 1906. person
associatedWith Neeley, Bill. person
associatedWith Negri, Margi Lee. person
associatedWith Nolan, Nicholas. person
associatedWith Owsley, W. D., person
associatedWith Page, Wanada Parker, 1887-1970. person
associatedWith Parker, Baldwin, 1883-1963 person
associatedWith Parker, Cynthia Ann, 1827?-1864 person
associatedWith Parker, Quanah person
associatedWith Parker, Quanah,, 845?-1911 person
associatedWith Rice, Wilbur R., 1895-1975. person
associatedWith Roberts, Lou Ellen Young, 1882- person
associatedWith Ryan, Tom, 1922- person
associatedWith Schott, John J. (John Joseph), d. 1943. person
associatedWith Soule, William S. person
associatedWith Stevens, Otis L., 1917-2001, person
associatedWith Taulman, Joseph E. person
associatedWith Taulman, Joseph E., 1867-1946. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Oklahoma
Fort Sill (Okla.)
Texas
Fort Worth (Tex.)
Subject
Indians of North America--Kings and rulers
Comanche Indians--History
Comanche Indians
Indians of North America
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Birth 1852

Death 1911-02-23

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