|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Governed by the chiefs of the Moshulatubbee District, the
District, and the Pushmataha District from 1834 to 1838,
the chiefs of the Moshulatubbee District, the
District, the Pushmataha District, and the Chickasaw
District from 1838
to 1857, national self-government came to an end on 24th
but tribal self-government was restored in 1971. Principal
Chiefs of Moshulatubbee District: Eastern Division
Chief 1834/1836, born about 1770, he succeeded his
maternal uncle as
the Chief of the
the eastern division in 1809, having earned that
right by distinguishing himself in becoming an
accomplished warrior and
leader, signed a number of treaties ceding land to the
government for which he was deposed and replaced by
David Folsom in the
1820's, married (amongst others), Malleah, and had
issue. He died of
smallpox 30th August 1838.
- Kiamiachi Moshulatubbee, married Nitachiki, died
1846, a nephew of Pushmataha.
- James Madison King, born 1811, married Pikey, and
- Anderson King, born about 1834.
- Charles King, born January 1812, married Wisey,
- David King, born about 1847.
- Hiram King, born January 1812, married Rachel
- McKee King, born 1818, married Eliza Folsom,
Adam Folsom, and had issue. He died 1878.
- Hiram Jefferson King
- James Madison King
- JOSEPH KINCAID,
- JOHN McKINNEY,
- NATHANIEL FOLSOM,
Chief 1842/1846, born 1804, son of Nathaniel Folsom,
and his wife,
- PETER FOLSOM,
Chief 1846/1850, son of Edmund Folsom, and a Choctaw
woman. died 9th
- CORNELIUS McCURTAIN,
1850/1854, born 5th March 1803 in Mississippi
Territory, son of
Daniel McCurtain and Hannah Cole, married circa 1828,
30th April 1806 in Natchez Trace, Mississippi, died
23rd October 1872
in Kinta, San Bois Co., Choctaw Nation, Indian
Territory, daughter of
John Belvin, and his wife, Miyahoke, and had
issue. He died 5th March 1871 in Oklahoma.
- Chief Jackson Frazier McCurtain (qv)
- Sina McCurtain, born 1831 in Mississippi, died
McCurtain, born 1839 in Choctaw Nation, Indian
Territory, married 15th October 1865 (as his first
Washington Riddle, and had issue. She died 25th
January 1873 in Choctaw
Nation, Indian Territory..
- Andrew Jackson Riddle, born 1870.
- Chief Edmund Aaron McCurtain (qv)
- David Cornelius McCurtain, born 1st April 1846 in
Nation, Indian Territory, married 1870, Rebecca
Krebs, born 17th
April 1846, died 3rd March 1936 in Oklahoma,
daughter of Placide Krebs
and Rebecca Folsom, and had issue, two daughters. He
died 6th March
in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.
- Joanna 'Zoe' McCurtain, born 1871 in
married Felix Marshal Leflore. She died 1950
- David Cornelius McCurtain, born 11th August 1874
Skullyville, married Kate Nitchell, and had issue.
He died 3rd March
1936 in Oklahoma.
- Greenwood Mitchell McCurtain, born 3rd
- Chief Greenwood McCurtain (qv)
- Robert McCurtain, born 25th December 1850 in
Nation, Indian Territory, died 11th August 1874.
- Elsie McCurtain, born 1851 in Choctaw Nation,
Territory, married about 1873 (as his second wife),
Riddle. She died 1st February 1875.
- DAVID McCOY,
Chief of Okla Falaya District:
- THOMAS LEFLORE,
Chief 1834/1838 (see below)
Chiefs of Apukshunnubbee District:
- THOMAS LEFLORE,
Chief 1834/1838 and
1842/1850, born 1792, married Sookie, and had issue.
He died about 1850.
- Clarissa Narcissy LeFlore, born 1812, married 1829
his second wife), Chief George Washington Harkins
(see below), and had
- Forbis LeFlore, born 1815.
- Wallace LeFlore, born 1816, married Judee, and had
He died 3rd September 1864.
- Mack LeFlore, born 1849, married Roberta
Kennedy, born 8th November 1864, and had issue.
- Matt Harris LeFlore Sr., married Ruth Hudo and
issue. He died 27th May 1941.
- Lizzy LeFlore, born 15th June 1851, died 5th
- Mary Susan LeFlore, born 1853, married (as his
wife), Turner Brashears Daniels, and had issue.
She died 1888.
- Sarah LeFlore, born 1818, married Cornelius
- Henrietta LeFlore, born 1825, married 1846, Noel
She died 1871.
- Louisa Leflore, born 1832, married 1855 (as his
wife), Chief Wilson Nathaniel Jones, Principal
Chief of the
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 1890/1894 (see below),
and had issue. She
- JAMES FLETCHER,
- GEORGE WASHINGTON
Chief 1850/1857, born 1810 in Mississippi, son of John
Harkins, and his
wife, Louisa LeFlore, educated at Centre College,
and at Cumberland University (Law); married 1stly, Bef
Folsom, daughter of Chief David
Folsom and Rhoda Nail, married 2ndly, Clarissa
daughter of Chief Thomas LeFlore, and his wife, Sookie
(see above), and
had issue. He died 1861 in Oklahoma.
- Melvina Harkins (by Clarissa)
- Thomas Harkins (by Clarissa)
Chiefs of Pushmataha District:
1846, married Kiamiachi, daughter of Chief
Moshulatubbee. He died
- PIERRE GABRIEL
1838/1841, born 1805, died August 1841.
- ISAAC FOLSOM,
- SILAS D. FISHER,
- GEORGE FOLSOM,
Chief 1850/1854, born 1795 (or 1807), a Presbyterian
blacksmith, married Eliza Hays, and had issue, two
sons (died young)
and one daughter. He died 1887.
- NICHOLAS COCHNAUER,
Principal Chiefs of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma:
Governor 1857/1858, born 1811 in Mississippi and
LeFlore County, son of John Wade, he was educated at
in as the first Governor of the Choctaw Nation in
resigned 12th January 1858; married
1stly, Mrs. Wade, born 1820, died 1876, married 2ndly,
a daughter of
Horace and Sarah Wood, and had issue. He died 13th
March 1878 at
Wadesville near Talihina.
- Angelina Wade, married 1870, Chief Gilbert Wesley
Principal Chief (see below).
- Col. TANDY
Governor 1858/1859, born 11th October 1814, in
Mississippi, son of John
Walker of Virginia, and his wife, Mary Riddle; he
served as a
commander during the Civil War, he also served as a
1861 of the First Regiment of Choctaw and Chickasaw
later became a colonel and took command of the
regiment in January 1863
which was later reorganized as the Second Indian
Brigade, married 1stly, Elzira, married 2ndly, Cillen
Krebs, born 5th
December 1827, died 16th March
1884, daughter of Etienne Krebs, and his wife,
Fillecutcha, and had issue. He died in 1877 at
Skullyville in present
day LeFlore County, Oklahoma.
- Elizabeth Walker, born 1845.
- Henderson Walker, born 1847.
- Robert A. Walker, born 9th August 1851, died 28th
- Susan R. Walker, born 22nd March 1855, married,
Garrett Ainsworth, born 1849, died 1931, and had
issue. She died 15th
- Tandy Krebs Walker, born 1858, married 1stly,
Hinch, born 1867, married 2ndly, 1888, Mattie White.
He died 1942.
- Douglas G. Walker, born 11th Augsut 1865, died 4th
Governor 1859/1860, born 1810, son of Louis Leflore,
by his second
wife, Rebecca Cravatt, educated at Choctaw Academy,
emigrated to Indian
near Fort Towson, treasurer of the Choctaw
Nation in 1866, auditor 1876/1885, married Narcissa
Fisher, and had
issue. He died October 1886 and
is buried in Choctaw
- Henry LeFlore, born 18th January 1846.
- GEORGE HUDSON,
Principal Chief 1860/1862, born 1808 in
Mississippi, son of a white man and a full blood
Choctaw, identified only as Widow Hudson; he practiced
law before the
courts, served as a member of the Choctaw Council, and
presiding officer at the
Constitutional Convention at Doaksville in 1860,
elected as the first
principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation under the
in October 1860, died
Principal Chief 1862/1864, born December 1803 in
County, Mississippi, son of John Garland, educated at
Academy in Kentucky, elected Principal Chief in 1862,
born 13th October 1811, died 31st March 1886, daughter
of Major Chief
John Pitchlynn, and his second wife, Sophia Folsom,
and had issue. He
20th May 1870 at home, and is buried in the family
plot on his plantation
- Crockett Garland, born 1832..
[Hat-choo-tuck-nee = The Snapping Turtle],
Principal Chief 1864/1866, born 30th January 1806 in
Mississippi, son of Colonel John Pitchlynn, a white
man, and Sophia
Choctaw; educated at a Tennessee boarding school and
later at an
Academy in Columbia,
Tennessee; graduated from the University of Nashville;
Chief of the Choctaws in 1864 and served until
1866, retired in Washington, D. C. where he died,
married 1stly, 1824,
Folsom (his cousin), born 1807, died March 1844,
daughter of Nathaniel
Folsom and Ai-ne-chi-hoyo, married 2ndly, Mrs.
Caroline M. Lombardy,
of Godfrey Eckloff, and had issue. He died 17th
January 1881 in
Washington, D. C. and is buried in the Congressional
- Lavinia Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 21st December
died 19th March 1867.
- Melvina Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 7th April 1828,
married Loring S. W. Folsom, son of David Folsom,
and his wife, Rhoda
- Lycurgus Pushmataha Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born
1830, died 9th February 1867.
- Leonidas Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 4th October
died 4th July 1865.
- Lysander Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 19th January
died 21st September 1837.
- Peter Perkins Pitchlynn Jr. (by Rhoda), born 27th
1838, died 23rd March 1865.
- Rhoda Mary Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 28th
- Israel Folsom Pitchlynn (by Rhoda), born 8th March
died 5th May 1845.
- Samson Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born November
- Thomas Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born 1859, died
- Edward Everette Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born 1860
Washington, D.C., married Susan 'Sudie' Lane
Maytubby, born March 1883,
died 1920, daughter of Peter Maytubby, Governor of
the Chicasaw Nation,
and his wife, Tabitha S.
Bailey, and had issue.
- Sophia Maytubby Pitchlynn, born 1902, she
Wesley 'Buck' Freeny, born 1896, died 1966, and
had issue. She died
- Sophia C. Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born 1864, died
- Lee Pitchlynn (by Caroline), born 1866, worked in
Department for 35 years, a Mason and a member of a
number of fraternal
organizations, married Florence N. Duff, and had
issue. He died 6th
April 1936 aged 70, buried 8th April in the
- Caroline Pitchlynn (Mrs. Caroline Scott)
- Margaret Pitchlynn
- ALLEN WRIGHT
[Kilihote], Principal Chief 1866/1870, born November
1826 in Attla
County, Mississippi; educated at Pine Ridge Mission
Doaksville for four years, at Spencer Academy, at
College, Union College in New York and Union
Theological Seminary in
New York City; ordained by the Presbyterian Church;
instructor at Armstrong Academy 1855/1856, member of
Council in 1856, elected treasurer of
the Choctaw Nation in 1859, member of the new Choctaw
Council in 1861; elected Chief of the Choctaw Nation
in 1866, helped to
compile a Choctaw dictionary for use in tribal schools
the book of Psalms from Hebrew into Choctaw, charter
member of the
first Masonic Lodge in Oklahoma, married 1857, Harriet
Newell Mitchello. He died 2nd December 1885 and
is buried at
Boggy Depot in Atoka County.
- WILLIAM J. BRYANT,
Principal Chief 1870/1874, born in the early 1800's in
of a white man and a Choctaw woman, educated in
schools early on and at the Choctaw Academy in
came to Indian Territory about 1840, member of the
Choctaw Council in
delegate to the Creek Convention in 1861, elected
District Judge in 1865, elected Principal
Chief of the Choctaws in 1870, re-elected in 1872,
lost in 1876, also
acted as postmaster at
Pleasant Ridge, died at
Tushka Homma at an unknown date and was buried in the
old Spring Station.
- COLEMAN COLE,
Principal Chief 1874/1878, born about 1800 in
Mississippi, son of Robert Cole and Sallie, a full
educated at Elliott Mission in Mayhew, Mississippi and
later at Georgetown, Kentucky; eventually moved to
Indian Territory and
settled on lands some twenty miles
northeast of Antlers, elected Chief of the Choctaws in
serving till October 1878, married 1stly, (name
2ndly, Abbie, and had issue, 4 children (all died
young). He died in
was buried in an unmarked grave near Stanley in
- ISAAC LEVI GARVIN,
Principal Chief 1878/1880, born 27th April 1832 in
moved with his parents to Oklahoma in 1834, educated
at Norwalk and
Academies, became an attorney and later served as a
county judge, a
judge and as presiding officer of the Choctaw Nation
married and had issue. He died 20th February 1880 and
is buried in
Waterhole Cemetary, Garvin. McCurtain Co., Oklahoma.
- (name unknown)
Garvin, married James Wood Kirk.
Principal Chief 1880/1884, born
4th March 1830 in Mississippi, son of Cornelius
Mahayia Nelson Belvin, arrived with his parents
Territory in 1833, educated at Spencer Academy for two
as representative from Sugar Loaf County to the
National Council in
1859, enlisted in the First Regiment of Choctaw and
Mounted Rifles on 22nd June 1861, commissioned Captain
of Company G in
the Confederate Army, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
First Choctaw Battalion in 1862, elected Senator from
Sugar Loaf County
in 1866, acting Principal Chief February 1880 to
October 1880, elected
Principal Chief in October 1880 and re-elected in
August 1882, married
1stly, 1850, Marie Riley, died before 1864, a sister
of Judge James
Riley, married 2ndly, 28th
November 1865, Jane Frances Austin, born 1843, died
27th October 1925,
and had issue. He died 14th November 1885 and is
buried in the old cemetery in a marked grave.
- Sophia McCurtain (by Marie), born 28th February
died 11th December 1910.
- Cornelia Brunetta McCurtain (by Marie), died about
- Eliza McCurtain (by Jane), born 1868.
Principal Chief 1884/1886, born 4th June 1842 at Fort
Territory, son of Cornelius McCurtain and Mahayia
granddaughter of Sho-ma-ka, educated at local schools
to 1859, enlisted
Confederate Army in 1861 and served as a Second
Lieutenant under the
command of his brother
Capt. J. McCurtain, he served as Judge of Sans Bois
County, Trustee of
Representative to the National Council, and
Education, elected Senator from San
Bois County in August 1888, married 1stly, 1862, Susan
2ndly, 1876, Harriet Austin, married 3rdly, 1881,
daughter of Isaac LeFlore and Patsy, married 4thly,
Lucy Webster, and
had issue. He
died 9th November 1890 at Skullyville and is buried at
- Pauline McCurtain (by Susan), born 17th August
1st April 1902.
- Kitty McCurtain (by Susan), born 1865.
- Jennie McCurtain (by Susan), born 4th November
- George McCurtain (by Clarissa), born 1878.
- Louisa McCurtain (by Lucy), born 1883.
Principal Chief 1886/1888, possibly born around 1837,
the oldest son of
Judge Mitanvbbi (Matenabi = To
Kill While He Is Coming), educated privately and at
local schools, and
possibly at Spencer Academy, he was appointed a member
of the Choctaw
1877, served as National Secretary for several years,
of the Choctaws from 1886 to 1888. He died 1889 at his
Wilburton and is buried in a log covered
grave three miles west of Wilburton.
Principal Chief 1888/1890,
born 1829, son of Elijah Smallwood, a white man from
Mary LeFlore, a sister to Thomas LeFlore; a member of
Council in 1863, sworn in as Principal Chief in
October 1888, married
1stly, Abbie James, married 2ndly, 1849, Annie
Burney, died about 1863, a Chickasaw woman, married
3rdly, 1849, Sinai
LeFlore, and had issue. He died 15th December 1891 at
Territory and is buried there.
- Daniel Smallwood (by Sinai), born 1850, married
cousin), Narcissa Willie Ann Olsen, born 27th July
1878, daughter of
Benjamin Bernt Olsen, and his wife, Sina Smallwood.
- Lorinda Smallwood (by Annie), born 1850, married
Henry C. James.
- Michael Smallwood (by Annie), born 24th December
married 1875, Lucy Jane Tanner. He died 10th
- Mary Jane Smallwood (by Annie), born 1856, married
Thomas L. Griggs Jr. She died 9th March
- Amelia Smallwood (by Annie), born 1860.
JONES, Principal Chief 1890/1894, born
1831 in Mississippi, son of Capt. Nathaniel Jones, an
in charge of the payments to the tribe and a member of
council, and his wife, (first name
Battiest (from a French-Choctaw family), he
belonged to the
Oklafalaya clan and moved with his family to
Indian Territory Oklahoma with their tribe in 1833,
by raising cattle from 1849, trustee for the
1884/-, elected treasurer of the Choctaw
Nation in 1887/1890, elected Principal Chief of the
Choctaw Nation in
1890 and re-elected in 1892, established a number of
schools during his
tenure, married 1stly, about 1851, Rachel Pickens, a
daughter of Col.
Chief Edmond Pickens, a Chickasaw
chief, married 2ndly, 1855, Louisa LeFlore, born 1832,
the district chief, Thomas
LeFlore, and his wife, Sookie, married 3rdly, before
1876, Martha L.
daughter of George Risener and Mary Rebecca Bonner,
1876, Isabell Heaston (formerly Mrs. Belle Curtis),
daughter of Colonel
Heaston of Arkansas, and had issue, eight children
(six died young). He
died 11th January 1901 and is
buried near his home place in Cade Community, Bryan
W. "Willie" Jones (by Louisa), born 22nd December
1860, married 1887,
Amelia McCauley, daughter of James McCauley, and his
Watkins, and had issue.
He died 26th January 1888.
- Nathaniel "Nat" Jones, fell to his death from
floor of an Oklahoma City Hotel. He died 1916.
- Annie Belle Jones (by Louisa), died in her senior
- Jackson Jones (by Martha)
- JEFFERSON GARDNER,
Principal Chief 1894/1896, born 12th July 1847 near
son of Noel Gardner, and his wife, Hannah LeFlore,
Norfolk in old Towson
County and at Spencer
academy, occupied in farming, stock raising and the
before becomg Principal Chief, also served as
Eagletown for many years, and as county clerk,
district clerk, and
representative in the
Tribal Senate, treasurer of the Choctaw Nation and as
circuit judge of
the second judicial
district, elected Principal Chief of the Choctaw
Nation in August
1894, married 1stly, 1862, Lucinda James, married
2ndly, 1864, Lucy
Ann Christy, married 3rdly, Julia Christy (sister of
the second wife),
and had issue, He
died 6th April 1906 at Idabel and is buried in the Joe
Christy Cemetery near Eagletown.
- Jefferson Gardner Jr. (by 3rd marriage)
Principal Chief 1896/1900 and
1902/1910, born 28th November 1848 at Skullyville,
Co.,Oklahoma; son of Cornelius McCurtain and
Mahayia "Amy" Belvin, a granddaughter of Sho-Ma-Ka of
Sha-chi-homas, the family migrated to Indian Territory
and settled in Skullyville, and engaged in farming and
served as school trustee,
Representative, Senator, District Attorney, national
Delegate to Washington D.C. and Principal
Chief of the Choctaw Nation, married 1stly, 1872,
Martha Ann Ainsworth,
born 11th November 1846, died 10th January 1904 in
Oklahoma, married 2ndly, Rhoda Folsom, daughter of
Franklin Folsom and Winnie (Sum-E-Cha-Che), married
3rdly, 15th January
1874 in Choctaw Nation, Kate Spring, born 28th
February 1855, died 18th
May 1934, daughter of William Spring and Jane LeFlore,
and had issue.
He died 28th December 1910 at
Kinta, Haskell Co., Oklahoma, USA.
- Judge David Cornelius McCurtain (by Martha), born
1873 in Skullyville, married Kate Nickels Mitchell,
born 12t June 1874,
died 1st September 1950. He died 27th January 1958
- Benjamin Franklin McCurtain (by Rhoda), born 15th
1874, married 26th September 1900, Clara Emma
Hagood, born 29th July
1874, daughter of George McClure Hagood, and his
wife, Anna Dorcas
Morrow, and had issue. He died 23rd June 1946 in
- Randolph Hagood McCurtain, born 14th June 1902,
- James F. McCurtain (by Kate), born 18th December
Skullyville, died 22nd September 1876 in
- Isabell McCurtain (by Kate), born 10th January
Skullyville, died 12th August 1877 in Skullyville.
- Alice McCurtain (by Kate), born 8th February 1879
Choctaw Nation, married George W. Scott, and had
issue. She died June
- Lena McCurtain (by Kate), born 9th August 1881 in
Skullyville, married 28th March 1900, Herbert
McClain Moore. She died
24th June 1966.
- Napoleon B. McCurtain (by Kate), born 23rd
in Choctaw Nation, died 19th January 1888.
- Cora McCurtain (by Kate), born 25th September
18th May 1931.
- Bertha Pauline McCurtain (by Kate), born 30th
in Choctaw Nation, died 18th June 1938.
- Lester McCurtain (by Kate), born 18th February
WESLEY DUKES, Principal Chief 1900/1902, born
November 1849 at Lukfatah,
Boktuklo County in the Choctaw Nation, son of Joseph
Dukes, and his
at Spencer Academy, admitted to
practice law before the United States Courts in Indian
elected sheriff of Wade County, member of the General
Council, Judge of
the Supreme Court and a Circuit Judge of
the second district, National Auditor 1895/1897,
elected Chief of the
Choctaw Nation in 1900, an elder in the Presbyterian
1stly, 1870, Angeline
Wade in 1870, daughter of Governor Alfred Wade (see
2ndly, Isabella Woods,
daughter of Horace Woods. He died 26th
December 1919 and is buried in the Presbyterian Church
Post Oak in an
MURAT LOCKE Jr.,
Principal Chief 1910/1918, born 1876 at Doaksville,
near Ft. Towson,
Oklahoma, son of Victor Moreau Locke, and his wife,
schools in White Church, Antlers Public Schools, the
Jones Institute at
Paris, Texas; the Austin College, Sherman, Texas
(1893) and the Drury
College, Springfield, Missouri; attained the rank
Major in the Oklahoma National Guard ; Oklahoma
delegate to the
Republican National Convention; married 1913, Mrs.
Robertson, daughter of J. H. Nail. He died 7th January
1929 and is
buried in the Locke Family
Cemetery at Antlers, Oklahoma.
SEMPLE, Principal Chief 1918/1922, born
16th March 1883 at Caddo, Indian Territory, son of
Semple, and his wife, Minnie Pitchlynn (daughter of
John Pitchlynn), educated at Jones Academy, graduated
in 1907 from
Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia
(Law), elected to
the House of Representatives, appointed District
Attorney for the
Choctaw Nation, served as Council for the Bureau of
appointed Principal Chief in 1918 by President Woodrow
Clara Petty Semple, died 11th June 1966, buried in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, and
had issue. He
died 1969, buried in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- William Semple Jr. [? born 22nd January 1916, died
- WILLIAM HENRY
Chief 1922/1929, born 1876 near Tamaha, Indian
Mitchell and Louisa Harrison, educated at Spencer
Academy, at Henry
Kendall College in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated in
law in 1902 from
the Centre College, Danville, Kentucky; appointed
District Attorney for
the Choctaw Nation, admitted to practice in the United
Court in 1907, appointed Principal Chief of the
Choctaw Nation in 1922
President Warren G. Harding, married 1908, Minette
daughter of Dr. C. S. Roberts of Lee’s Summit,
25th September 1929 in Poteau.
- BEN H. DWIGHT,
Principal Chief 1929/1937, born 24th November 1890
near Mayhew, Indian
of Simon Timothy Dwight, a full blood Choctaw and
Supervisor of Public
Instruction for the Choctaws, and his wife, Mary Jane
Academy, Armstrong Academy, Caddo Public Schools, and
honors in 1908, from Honey Grove High School,
graduated in 1913 from
Columbia University (B.A.), did his postgraduate at
the University of
and the University of Oklahoma and completed his
education at Leland
Stanford University at Palo Alto, California,
graduating with a
Bachelor of Law Degree, also earned a Doctor of
practised as an Attorney at Law in Bryan County,
served as Durant City
Attorney and Assistant District Attorney for Bryan
County, assigned to
the Intelligence Department at Fort Sam
Houston, Texas during WWI, first Chief of the Choctaw
Nation to be
appointed by the
President of the United States and elected by the
Choctaw Tribe, served
as Administrative Assistant to
the Governor in 1942, married 29th December 1916 in
Eileen Perkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J.
Perkins. He died
18th July 1953 in Oklahoma and is buried in
Memorial Cemetery, Oklahoma City.
- WILLIAM A. DURANT,
Principal Chief 1937/1948, born 18th March 1866 at
son of Sylvester Durant, a Presbyterian minister, and
his wife, Martha
educated at local schools in Bennington and in Durant,
1886 from Arkansas College, Batesville, (M.A.), worked
as a teacher
briefly before undertaking to study law, later he was
in the courts of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations and
also in the
Federal Courts, served as Inspector of Academies,
Academy, Royalty Collector for his district and
Special District Judge,
elected a member of the House of Representatives of
Legislature in 1890, chosen Speaker of the House in
1891, member of the
and third Oklahoma Legislatures, married 19th April
1892, Ida Mae
Corber, born 1st April 1873, died 16th January 1961,
daughter of George
Corber, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Abbott. He died
1st August 1948
Homma, buried in Durant.
JAMES WATSON BELVIN, Principal Chief
1948/1975, born 11th
December 1900 in Boswell,
Indian Territory, son of Watson J. Belvin, and his
wife Mabel Powers
educated at local schools in Boswell, graduated from
College (B.Sc.), and from the University of
Oklahoma (M.Ed.), worked as a teacher for 15 years,
Superintendent of Public Instruction in Bryan County
1941/1952, member of the Oklahoma Legislature for ten
years, member of the House of Representatives for six
years and a
Senator for four years, first popularly elected
Principal Chief of
the Choctaw Nation since August 1971; chosen
Outstanding Indian of
outstanding American Indian
of Oklahoma and
Outstanding American Indian Citizen; received the
for Land Improvement and a Special Recognition Award
from the American
Indian Institute; he was active in the Inter-Tribal
Council of the five
the National Congress of American Indians, the
Institute, the Choctaw – Chickasaw Confederation, and
Indian club; married 21st December 1922 in Boswell,
Brightwell, and had issue, one daughter.
He died 19th September 1986 in Bryan memorial
Hospital, and is buried
in Highland Cemetery, Durant, Oklahoma.
- Louise Belvin (Mrs. Louise Frazier).
Principal Chief 1975/1978, born 22nd April 1940 at
son of Reverend Critten A. Gardner, and his wife, Ida
Mae Jones, and a
relative of Chief Harry J. W. Belvin, he was educated
at a local school
in Boswell, at Sulphur High School, at East Central
Ada (B.A.) and at Southwestern State
University (M.A.) as well as at the University of
Oklahoma, where he later taught briefly; served in the
1958/1963, took office as Principal Chief on 26th
August 1975, he was
one of the organizers of the Choctaw-Chickasaw
Alliance, he rekindled
interest in the Choctaw language; married 27th August
Jean Parker. He died 13th January 1978 in Durant,
Oklahoma and was
buried the next day at Sulphur.
- HOLLIS E. ROBERTS,
Chief 1978/1997 (resigned), born 9th May 1943 at
Hochatown, Oklahoma in
County, son of Darrell E. Roberts, and his wife, Laura
Elementary School for eight years, at Idabel High
School, graduating in
1961; served as city
councilman at Hugo for fourteen years, member of the
Commerce, elected to the Oklahoma House of
Representatives, member of
the Choctaw County Hospital Board, Secretary and
Treasurer of the
Arkansas Riverbed Authority, elected in 1987 to serve
a third term as
President of the
Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes,
Chief in April 1978, married 17th May 1963, Helen R.
Rodriquez, and has
issue, three children, two
sons and one daughter.
- GREGORY ELI PYLE