Ely S. Parker (1828-1895)

Ely Samuel Parker was a Tonawanda Seneca who was formally educated and served as an interpreter and tribal representative from the age of fourteen. During the Civil War he served on the staff of Ulysses S. Grant as military secretary and wrote out the official copy of the terms of surrender. As president, Grant chose Parker to head the Office of Indian Affairs, making him the first Native American commissioner to serve in that position. This portrait of Parker was probably taken near the end of his life when he worked for the Police Board of Commissioners in New York City.

1880 circa 5 years
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Photographic Print
Mathew Brady
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