This promising young literary man was born February 17, 1866, in Cherokee County, North Carolina, the son of F. M. Canup, a Frenchman, and Elizabeth Payne, one-sixteenth Cherokee. He was educated at Tehuacana University, Texas, and through the influence of R. M. Kimbrough, a congressman of Dallas County, became associated with the Dallas Herald, where he worked two years, after which he became an attaché of the Dallas News. After the death of Stone, proprietor of the Tahlequah Telephone, Mr. Canup, who was at Vinita, came to Tahlequah and took charge of that paper for two years, after which he sold it to a stock company. Soon afterward, at Webber’s Falls, he started the Indian Sentinel, which, after twelve months, he moved to Tahlequah, and sold to a stock company three months later. Though still connected with the Sentinel, Mr. Canup is special correspondent for the Dallas News, Fort Worth Gazette, Cincinnati Post, Sun (New York), Atlanta Constitution, Post-Dispatch (St. Louis) and Kansas City Journal. Mr. Canup is author of “Allumee, the Cherokee Maiden,” and “The Fate of William Grimmett,” both popular stories and extensively copied by the leading periodicals. He is now writing a history of the celebrated Tom Starr, which is calculated to upset many of the damaging reports concerning that illustrious Cherokee.
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