Monroe lawyer Burton Parker was Indian advocate

Monroe lawyer Burton Parker was Indian advocate
Monroe lawyer Burton Parker was Indian advocate
This is a photo of Chief Wets of the Assinaboine Tribe.  He joined Chief Joseph of the Wallowa Band of the Nez Perce and other tribal leaders in fighting during the Nez Perce War of 1877 that tried to force these “non-treaty” Indians to give up their lands in the Pacific Northwest.
Chester A. Arthur – America’s 21st president who served from 1881 to 1885.  Arthur was an advocate for Indian education, private Indian land ownership, and making state laws applicable on Indian reservations.
Burton Parker, circa 1870's.  Parker rose to the rank of Colonel in the Civil War and served Monroe citizens as mayor, circuit court commissioner and president of the Monroe school board before becoming an Indian agent during the U.S. presidential administration of Chester A. Arthur.
This is the cover image of the book Winding Waters; The Story of a Long Trail and Strong Hearts, which was published in 1909 and chronicled the Nez Perce story from an Indian perspective.  Author Bertha Frances Parker was Burton Parker’s niece and was inspired by Burton Parker’s Indian agent work to write.

Burton Parker, born April 25, 1844 in Dundee, Michigan, served in the Civil War and as a effective law firm, mayor of Monroe and Michigan legislator. Probably one particular of his most appealing appointments was the several years he served as Indian agent — appointed by President Chester A. Arthur in the fall of 1884, at the Fort Peck Company, Montana.  He was removed from the submit by incoming President Grover Cleveland in the wintertime of 1885-86.

According to Bulkley in the History of Monroe County Michigan, Burton Parker and his father enlisted for provider in the Union ranks of the Civil War. They became associates of Michigan Organization F, Very first Regiment of Engineers and Mechanics, and his father currently being initially sergeant of the organization. They had been in the marketing campaign of 1861 and 1862 in Kentucky, with Generals Don Carlos Buell and George Henry Thomas, and participated in the struggle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, on the 19th of January, 1862, when the Confederate Common, Felix Zollicoffer, who was in command of the Accomplice forces, was killed. Burton’s father died although in company in Kentucky of typhoid fever.

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