Biography of William Lafayette Trott

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The subject of this sketch was born March, 1844, in Woodberry, Tennessee, third son of Rev. J. J. Trott, a noted missionary among the Cherokees, and who was arrested with Rev. Worcestor and others by the Georgian Guard, for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to Georgia. William’s mother was a Miss Rachel P. Adair. The young man attended Franklin College, Nashville, Tennessee, for five years, when, with his father’s family, he removed to the Cherokee Nation. Rev. J. J. Trott, however, did not move with the emigration to the new country, but remained in Tennessee until 1857, and then came to the present Cherokee Nation. At the outbreak of the war the family moved North, except William and his brother Timothy, who joined the Confederate army, while their brother, James C., joined the Federals. William was one of the first settlers in Vinita, going there in 1868 and establishing a livery business. In 1884 he became a lumber merchant, which business he is still pursuing. Mr. Trott has always been a progressive man. In 1891 he competed for the senatorial seat in the representation of Coowescoowee district on the issue of allotment, and, strange to say, was only defeated by a small majority. Mr. Trott will advocate the measure, as he considers it the only salvation of his people. He has been superintendent of Sunday-school (Presbyterian) for the past seven years. Mr. Trott married Miss Lue J. Moore, a Missouri lady, the issue of the marriage being three children, two of whom are living, named William Henry, born December 4, 1877, and Dott Fay, born March 13, 1884. He has also adopted and raised a niece of his wife, a Miss Nannie Stafford, who is residing with the family. Mrs. Trott is a lady of education and charitable and kind mother. The subject of our sketch, William Trott, is a man of fine intellectual appearance, a good businessman and a true Christian, if it be given men to judge each other correctly. He is very popular, and has the interests of his country at heart. Mr. Trott, besides his lumber yard, is also interested in farming and fruit growing, and has taken a prominent part in the progress of his town, so much so that the people of Vinita elected him as their mayor, which office he has honorably and creditably held for three terms.

MLA Source Citation:

O'Beirne, Harry F. and Edward S. The Indian Territory: Its Chiefs, Legislators, and Leading Men. St. Louis. 1898. Web. 21 January 2015. - Last updated on Jul 28th, 2012


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