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Biographical Sketch of John Henry Dick

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John Henry Dick was born January 1, 1869, in the Flint district, Cherokee Nation, the second son of Charles Dick, a member of the Grand Council in 1875. His mother was Margaret Tickaneskie, a full blood, whose father was one of the party that killed Ridge, one of the signers of the treaty in 1835. John was educated at the Indian University, Tahlequah, and on its removal to Muskogee attended at that point, spending four years in the institution until 1888, when he was elected to the office of assistant interpreter of the lower house. In 1890 he taught school in Coowescowee district for a short time, till in the fall when he served as interpreter on one of the house committees. In 1891 he took the place of Charles Tehee, translator of the Cherokee Advocate, the national organ, and at the general election in August 1891, was elected to the office of district attorney for Tahlequah district. The subject of our sketch is a bright, intelligent and promising young man, prepossessing in appearance and highly esteemed. Mr. Dick is by nature a snake charmer, possessing an extraordinary power over these reptiles, which enables him to carry them about his person without danger from even the most venomous of the species. His present home is in Tahlequah, and he is unmarried.


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