Famous American Indian Series 12
Remarkable leader of the Seneca people, born near Port Plain, N. Y., about 1738. His father was a trader of Dutch descent, his mother the daughter of a Seneca chief. As a boy he never knew his father, but as he grew up he learned that his father was a white man, well liked by his people. Cornplanter became a warrior of note, and was highly respected by his people for his kindness and bravery. He was the terror of his enemies and the glory of his tribe. After he became a chief of considerable eminence, he was informed of his parentage, and the place of his father's residence. He promptly took his father prisoner, informed him of their relationship and returned him safely to his family. During the Revolution Cornplanter learned that his father had been taken prisoner by the enemy, and was to be put to death. He dashed angrily into the midst of the savage foe, and with great strength, rescued his father from the scalping knife. After the Revolution, he was commissioned by Washington to make peace between the whites and his people.. Because of his suggestion to his people that they plant more and hunt less, he was called "The Planter" by them, and "Cornplanter" by the whites. He died about 1825.