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Senators from the Canadian District

  • 1841. Captain William Dutch- and the other one unknown.
  • 1843. Captain William Dutch and Joseph Tally. Both resigned.
  • 1844. John Shepherd and Nelson Riley, vice Dutch and Talley, resigned.
  • 1845. James Mackey and William Shorey Coody. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1847. Captain William Dutch and William Shorey Coody. The latter died April 16, 1849.
  • 1849. Josiah Reese and Lightningbug Bowles.
  • 1851. David Boggs and Nelson Riley.
  • 1853. David Boggs and Teesee Guess.
  • 1855. John Drew and Lightningbug Bowles.
  • 1857. John Drew and William Doublehead.
  • 1859. Joseph Abalom Scales and Daniel Coody. The latter died. Oliver H. P. Brewer, vice Daniel Coody, deceased.
  • 1861. Not known.
  • 1867. John Brewer and John Porum Davis.
  • 1869. James Madison Bell and Johnson Foreman.
  • 1871. Richard Fields and Johnson Foreman. The latter died June 28, 1872.
  • 1872. August 22, Levi Toney elected, vice Johnson Foreman, deceased.
  • 1873. Richard Fields and John Porum Davis.
  • 1875. Stephen Hildebrand and John Porum Davis. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1877. Joseph Martin Lynch and Calvin Jones Hanks. The latter was killed May 15, 1879.
  • 1879. Pleasant Napoleon Blackstone and John Porum Davis. The latter was elected President of the Senate and died during this term of office.
  • 1881. Pleasant Napoleon Blackstone and Colonel Harris.
  • 1883. Abraham Woodall and Colonel Johnson Harris. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1885. Stand Watie Gray and Colonel Johnson Harris.
  • 1887. Stand Watie Gray and Joseph Martin Lynch.
  • 1889. Stand Watie Gray and Walter Scott Agnew.
  • 1891. James Harris and William McLain.
  • 1893. Stand Watie Gray and Charles Edward Vann.
  • 1895. Henry Clay Lowrey and William Vann.
  • 1897. Henry Clay Lowrey and William Vann.
  • 1899. Henry Clay Lowrey and Wilson Girty.
  • 1901. Henry Clay Lowrey and O. H. P. Brewer. The former died March 20, 1902.
  • 1902. August 7, Robert Emmett West elected vice Henry Clay Lowrey. deceased.
  • 1903. Robert Emmett West and John Jay Sevier.

Senators from the Cooweescoowee District

  • 1857. James McDaniel and Eli Murphy.
  • 1859. John Chambers and Jackson Tyner.
  • 1861. Not known.
  • 1867. James McDaniel and Robin Smith.
  • 1869. James Conner and Robin Smith.
  • 1871. John Chambers and Jesse Thompson.
  • 1873. John Chambers and Jesse Thompson.
  • 1875. Henry Chambers and James Horsefly.
  • 1877. Henry Chambers and DeWitt Clinton Lipe.
  • 1879. Clement Vann Rogers and John Gunter Schrimsher.
  • 1881. Clement Vann Rogers and John McIntosh.
  • 1883. Clement Vann Rogers and John Gunter Schrimsher.
  • 1885. Samuel Houston Mayes and DeWitt Clinton Lipe. The latter resigned and was elected a member of the Citizenship Court.
  • 1887. May 5, Francis Marion Musgrove elected, vice DeWitt Clinton Lipe. resigned.
  • 1887. John Gunter Scrimsher and Riley Wise Lindsey
  • 1889. William Charles Rogers and Samuel Houston Mayes.
  • 1891. James McDaniel Keys’ and Joel Lindsey Baugh.
  • 1893. William Edward Sanders’ and George Washington Mayes.
  • 1895. William Charles Rogers and John Thomas Gunter.
  • 1897. John Gunter Scrimsher and Joseph Martin LaHay.
  • 1899. Ellis Buffington Wright and Clement Vann Rogers.
  • 1901. George Washington Mayes and John Franklin.
  • 1903. Joseph Martin LaHay and Clement Vann Rogers.
  • Salaries were at first fixed by article three, section ten at three dollars per day subject to change by act of council.

Senators from the Delaware District

  • 1841. Joseph Martin Lynch and the other one unknown.
  • 1843. Old Fields and Moses Daniel. The latter elected President of the Senate, vice Charles Coody, deceased.
  • 1845. James Kell and Anderson Springston.
  • 1847. James Kell and Robert Buffington Daniel.
  • 1849. James Kell and Lewis W. Hildebrand. The former was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1851. James Kell and Charles Landrum.
  • 1853. James Kell and Charles Landrum. The former was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1855. Dr. Jeter Lynch Thompson and Charles Landrum.
  • 1857. Dr. Jeter Lynch Thompson and Jeffrey Beck.
  • 1895. Dr. Jeter Lynch Thompson and John Daniel.
  • 1861. Unknown.
  • 1867. Charles Thompson and Alexander Hawk.
  • 1869. Charles Thompson and Alexander Hawk.
  • 1871. Charles Thompson and John Landrum.
  • 18 73. Charles Thompson and Benjamin Franklin Landrum.
  • 1875. Lewis Ross Kell and Benjamin Franklin Landrum.
  • 1876. February 4th, Moses Ridge, vice Lewis Ross Kell, deceased.
  • 1877. Moses Ridge and Benjamin Franklin Landrum. The latter was elected President of the Senate and died February 18, 1879.
  • 1879. Joseph Dirteater and Walker A. Daniel. Daniel died January 9, 1880.
  • 1880. November 6, Aaron Tanner, vice Walker A. Daniel, deceased.
  • 1881. David Dixon Landrum and William Wirt Buffington.
  • 1883. Hiram Terrell Landrum and William Coffee Woodall.
  • 1885. Lucien Burr Bell and William Penn Henderson. The former was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1887. Lucien Burr Bell and Charles Thompson.
  • 1889. Lucien Burr Bell and William Penn Henderson. The former was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1891. Claude Lorraine Washburn and Thomas Mitchell Buffington. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1893. Claude Lorraine Washburn and Thomas Jefferson Monroe.
  • 1895. William T. Davis and Elias McLeod Landrum’. The latter resigned on account of having accepted a position in Tahlequah.
  • 1897. Thomas Jefferson Muskrat and John Rogers Hastings.
  • 1899. Thomas Jefferson Muskrat and John Rogers Hastings.
  • 1901. Thomas Jefferson Muskrat and John Rogers Hastings.
  • 1903. Thomas Jefferson Muskrat and William V. Davis.

Senators from the Flint District

  • 1841. Ezekial Starr and the other one not known.
  • 1843. Samuel Downing and Jesse Russell.
  • 1845. James Pritchett and Jesse Russell.
  • 1847. James Pritchett and Jesse Russell.
  • 1849. James Pritchett and Glory.
  • 1851. Jay Hicks and David Sanders.
  • 1853. Reverend Walter Adair Duncan and Samuel Chambers.
  • 1855. William Penn Adair and Richard Fields.
  • 1857. William Penn Adair and William Penn Boudinot.
  • 1859. William Penn Adair and J. A. Johnson.
  • 1861. Not known.
  • 1867. Eli Smith and Walter Christy.
  • 1869. Eli Smith and Keith Wahlaneeta.
  • 1871. Rabbit Bunch and George Keith.
  • 1873. John R. Ross and Johnson Keith.
  • 1875. John R. Ross and Jackson Christy.
  • 1877. John R. Ross and Robert McLemore.
  • 1879. Jackson Christy and John B. Teehee. The latter died and Ned Acorn was elected.
  • 1881. Samuel E. Sanders and Cicero Leonidas Lynch.
  • 1883. Ezekial Eugene Starr and Ned Acorn.
  • 1885. John B. Tulsa and William Young.
  • 1887. David Muskrat and Jackson Christy.
  • 1889. James Christy and Rabbit Bunch.
  • 1891. Ellis West Buffington and Adam Sevenstar.
  • 1893. Ellis Starr and Jackson Christy.
  • 1895. Andrew Taylor Paden and Charles Poorbear.
  • 1897. Jackson Christy and David Muskrat.
  • 1899. Benjamin Gilbreath Fletcher and Charles Scott.
  • 1901. Benjamin Gilbreath Fletcher and Charles Smith.
  • 1903. George Ferguson and Richard Lee Taylor.

Senators from the Going Snake District

  • 1841. James Starr and Charles Reese.
  • 1843. Thomas Foreman and Young Glass.
  • 1845. Thomas Foreman and Reverend Lewis Downing.
  • 184 7. Jefferson Hair and Dr. John Thornton.
  • 1840. Jefferson Hair and George Washington Scraper.
  • 1851. John Murphy and Thomas Fox Taylor. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1853. Aaron Wilkerson and James Foster.
  • 1855. Aaron Wilkerson and Thomas Fox Taylor.
  • 1857. George Hicks and Thomas Fox Taylor. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1859. Aaron Wilkerson and John T. Foster. The latter was elected President of the Senate. Wilkerson died during this term and Henry Crittenden was elected as his successor.
  • 1861. Not known.
  • 1867. Frog Sixkiller and Bud Gritts. The latter was elected President of the Senate and died on December 1, 1867.
  • 1869. Frog Sixkiller and Archibald Scraper. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1871. Tail Sixkiller and John Shell.
  • 1873. Tail Sixkiller and Jesse Redbird.
  • 1875. Johnson Robbins and Jesse Redbird.
  • 1877. Johnson Robbins and Ezekial Proctor.
  • 1879. Richard Murrell Wolfe and Adam Feeling.
  • 1881. Johnson Robbins and Adam Feeling.
  • 1883. Johnson Robbins and Joseph McMinn Starr.
  • 1885. John Daniel Buffington and John Gritts.
  • 1887. Eli H. Whitmire and Richard Murrell Wolfe.
  • 1889. Johnson Whitmire and Richard Murrell Wolfe.
  • 1891. Ellis Buffington Alberty and Richard Murrell Wolfe.
  • 1893. Johnson Spade and Richard Murrell Wolfe. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1895. Simon Ross Walkingstick and Parker Morris.
  • 1897. Simon Ross Walkingstick and Wolf Coon. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1899. David Hitcher and Ned Bullfrog.
  • 1901. Lincoln England and Wolf Coon.
  • 1903. Ezekial Proctor and Ellis Buffington Alberty.

Senators from Illinois District

  • 1841. Moses Parris and Aaron Price.
  • 1843. John Drew and William Drew. The latter resigned in December 1844.
  • John Brewer elected, vice William Drew, resigned.
  • 1845. Alexander Foreman and Pheasant.
  • 1847. Alexander Foreman and William Drew.
  • 1840. Alexander Foreman and John Drew.
  • 1851. Alexander Foreman and James W. Daniel.
  • 1853. Alexander Foreman and Richard Fields.
  • 1855. Alexander Foreman and James Mackey. The former was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1857. Alexander Foreman and Richard Fields.
  • 1859. John W. Brown and John Brewer.
  • 1861. Not known.
  • 1867. Roach Young and Pig Smith, The latter was elected President the Senate.
  • 1869. Samuel Houston Benge and William Potter Ross.
  • 1871. Samuel Houston Benge and Pig Smith. The latter died October 1, 1871.
  • William Potter Ross elected, vice Pig Smith, deceased.
  • 1873. Samuel Houston Benge and Daniel Hicks Ross.
  • 1875. Samuel Houston Benge and Roach Young.
  • 1877. Joseph Young and Roach Young.
  • 1879. Samuel Houston Benge and Timothy Meigs Walker. The former was elected President of the Senate, vice John Porum Davis, deceased.
  • 1881. George Oceola Sanders and Roach Young. The latter was elect of the Senate.
  • 1883. Samuel Houston Benge and Roach Young.
  • 1885. John Hildebrand Cookson and Connell Rogers.
  • 1887. Samuel Houston Benge and Mortor Vann.
  • 1889. William Potter Ross and Roach Young.
  • 1891. Edley Levi Cookson and Martin Van Benge.
  • 1893. Roach Young and Martin Van Benge.
  • 1895. Roach Young and Edley Levi Cookson.
  • 1897. Redbird Smith and Connell Rogers.
  • 1899. Edley Levi Cookson and Connell Rogers.
  • 1901. Edley Levi Cookson and John Lafayette Brown.
  • 1903. Martin Benge and John Lafayette Brown.

Senators from Saline District

  • 1841. James Vann McNair and Joseph Vann. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1843. Reverend Beavercarrier and Charles Coody. The latter was elected President of the Senate and died in May 1844. Ti-se-ski elected, vice Charles Coody, deceased.
  • 1845. Clement Vann McNair and John Chambers.
  • 1847. Clement Vann McNair and Elijah Hicks. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1849. John Lucien Brown and Joseph Vann.
  • 1851. Robert Daniel Ross and Reverend Lewis Downing.
  • 1853. Dr. Robert Daniel Ross and Thomas Pegg.
  • 1855. Dr. Robert Daniel Ross and Clement Neeley Vann.
  • 1857. Dr. Robert Daniel Ross and Charles Landrum.
  • 1859. Dr. Robert Daniel Ross and Reverend Lewis Downing.
  • 1861. Not known.
  • 1867. Reverend Ooo-you-su-ta and Tog.
  • 1869. Reverend Oo-you-su-ta and William Penn Adair.
  • 1871. Reverend Rope Campbell and William Penn Adair.
  • 1873. Coffee Blackbird and William Penn Adair.
  • 1875. Reverend Rope Campbell and George Washington Clark.
  • 1877. Johnson Downing and Reverend Samuel Smith.
  • 1879 Reverend Ooo-you-su-ta and George Sanders.
  • 188 1. Frog Sixkiller and Reverend Samuel Smith.
  • 1883. Frog Sixkiller and Reverend Samuel Smith.
  • 1885. George Sanders and Clark Goingwolf. The latter died December 23, 1886.
  • 1887. March 15, Bird Jones elected, vice Clark Goingwolf, deceased.
  • 1887. Henry Clay Ross and George Sanders.
  • 1889. Henry Clay Ross and Reverend George Washington Swimmer.
  • 1891. Daniel Redbird and George Sanders.
  • 1893. Reverend Samuel Smith and George Sanders.
  • 1895. Reverend Samuel Smith and Drift Hummingbird. The former was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1897. George Sanders and John Reuben Leach.
  • 1899. George Sanders and John Reuben Leach.
  • 1901. Charles Teehee and Henry Clay Ross.
  • 1903. Thomas Smith and David Welch Ragsdale.

Senators from Skin Bayou District

  • 1841. Andrew Sanders and the other one not known. 1843. John Benge and James Brown.
  • 184 7. George Washington Gunter and George C. Lowrey. The latter died on October 22, 1848.
  • 1840. George Washington Gunter and Sanders Choate.
  • 1851. November 4. The name of the District was changed by act of council from Skin Bayou to Sequoyah.
  • 1853. Joseph Proctor and Nicholas B. Byers.
  • 1855. Archibald Lowrey and Alexander Alexander.
  • 1857. James Brown and Daniel Ross Nave.
  • 1850. Picken M. Benge and Daniel Ross Nave.
  • 1861. Not known.
  • 1867. Joseph Coody and Mink Downing.
  • 1869. Joseph Coody and Mink Downing.
  • 1871. William Wilson and Thomas Ross.
  • 1873. George Washington Wilson. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1875. William Chambers and Bluford Baldridge. The latter died December 18, 1875. Rufus Bell Adair elected, vice Bluford Baldridge, deceased.
  • 1877. Joseph Seabolt and John Childers.
  • 1879. David McNair Faulkner and John Childers.
  • 1881. David McNair Faulkner and Chee-chee.
  • 1883. Charles Oliver Frye and Adam Lacey.
  • 1885. Stephen Teehee and John Edward Gunter. The latter resigned and was elected a member of the Citizenship Court.
  • 1887. May 5, Chee-chee elected, vice John E. Gunter, resigned.
  • 1889. David McNair Falkner and Stephen Teehee.
  • 1891. Charles Washington Starr and Charles Augustus Fargo.
  • 1893. John Edward Gunter and Isaac Abraham Jacobs.
  • 1895. David McNair Faulkner and Charles Foreman.
  • 1897. John Edward Gunter and James Coleman.
  • 1899. John Edward Gunter and James Coleman.
  • 1901. David McNair Faulkner and Charles Oliver Frye.
  • 1903. George Washington Baldridge and George Bradley.

Senators from Tahlequah District

  • 1841. Daniel McCoy. Resigned. Other Senator not known.
  • 1842. David Carter, vice Daniel McCoy, resigned.
  • 1843. John Spears and James Sanders.
  • 1845. John Spears and James Sanders.
  • 1847. John Spears and Thomas Fox Taylor.
  • 1849. John Spears and William Potter Ross.
  • 1851. Thomas Pegg and William Potter Ross.
  • 1853. Nicholas Byers Sanders and William Potter Ross.
  • 1855. David Carter and William Potter Ross.
  • 1857. John Thorne and William Potter Ross.
  • 1859. Thomas Pegg and Johnson Foreman.
  • 1861. Thomas Pegg. Elected President of the Senate. Other senator not known.
  • 1867. Allen Ross and Lewis Anderson Ross.
  • 1869. Allen Ross and Lewis Anderson Ross.
  • 1871. Allen Ross and Choo-hoo-sta.
  • 1873. Lewis Anderson Ross and Choo-hoo-sta.
  • 1875. Eli Spears and William H. Hendricks.
  • 1877. Ell Spears and Robert Bruce Ross.
  • 1879. Eli Spears and William H. Hendricks.
  • 1881. Eli Spears and Robert Bruce Ross.
  • 1883. Jesse Sanders and Lacey Hawkins.
  • 1885. Ned Grease and John Albion Spears. The latter died.
  • 1887. May 5, Reverend Evans Price Robinson, vice J. A. Spears, deceased.
  • 1887. William H. Hendricks and Lacey Hawkins. The latter was elected President of the Senate.
  • 1889. William Triplett and John Ross Meigs.
  • 1891. Ned Grease and Caleb Wilson Starr.
  • 1893. George Washington Benge and Robert Bruce Ross.
  • 1895. William H. Hendricks and Daniel Gritts.
  • 1897. Skake Manus and Michael Pritchett.
  • 1899. William Thomas Harnage and Colonel Johnson Harris.
  • 1901. Gideon Morgan and George Washington Benge.
  • 1903. William Thomas Harnage and Charles Lawrence Saunders.


MLA Source Citation:

Starr, Emmett. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Warden Company. 1921 AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 17 September 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/senators-of-the-cherokee-nation.htm - Last updated on Aug 12th, 2012


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