General Ely Samuel Parker

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General Ely Samuel Parker
Grand Sachem Chief
“Keeper of the Western door of the long house of the Iroquois”

Son of William and Elizabeth Parker, born in a log cabin overlooking the water-falls, at Indian Falls, New York, then part of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. Volunteered into the Army, and became General Grant’s Military Secretary. He was instrumental in drafting the final terms of the Confederate Surrender and Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia on April 9, 1865.

On March 2, 1867, he was commissioned a Brigadier General in the regular Army.
President Grant appointed him the first Commissioner of Indian Affairs on April 13, 1869.

He died August 31, 1895 at Fairfield, Conn. His remains lie at rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery Buffalo, New York.


Erected by the Town of Pembroke Historical Committee — Date unknown.

What was there

Possibly the homestead of General Ely Samuel Parker. This property was once within the Tonawanda on the Tonawanda Indian reservation, but the boundaries have since changed.

What is there now

Private residence.

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Howard Fritzke


Posted: April 9, 2012


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