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Ely Parker

 
North
1828-1895
New York
Head of the Federal Commission

A Seneca Indian with legal training, admitted to the military only after Ulysses Grant intervened, Ely Parker made history by writing out the terms of the final Confederate surrender. Later, under Grant's presidency, Parker made history again as head of the federal commission on Indian affairs. Robert E. Lee once mistook Parker for a black man, but corrected himself at Appomattox: "I am glad to see one real American here."















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