Jacket - A noted orator and chief of the Wolf Clan of the Seneca
indians, born about 1756 in Seneca County, New York. His Indian name
was Sagoyewatha, which meant "He Who Causes Them to Be Awake."
He obtained the name Red Jacket during
the Revolutionary War when a British officer, attracted by the chief's
ability and brilliance gave him a red jacket, which in time became characteristic
Cornplanter, the great Iroquois chief,
once termed Red Jacket a coward to his face, and urged his wife to leave
Although Red jacket made peace with the
Americans after the Revolution, he consistently opposed the white man's
way as being neither good nor proper for the Indian. In 1792 when
he visited Philadelphia, he was presented by George Washington with a medal
bearing the President's own likeness. This medal is now in the Buffalo
Before the War of 1812, the Canadians tried
to persuade Red jacket to join the Algonkins and help the British gain
territory of the Ohio Valley, but he refused. When war actually started
Red jacket fought on the American side.
Red Jacket died January 20, 1830, and his
final resting place is Forest lawn Cemetery in Buffalo where a monument
was unveiled to the great chief on June 22, 1891.
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