General Ely Samuel Parker, Pembroke, NY
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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, N.Y., 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 at Appomattox
Court House 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 Com-
missioner of Indian Affairs on April 13, 1869.
He died August 31, 1895, at Fairfield Conn.
His remains lie at rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery,
Erected by the Town of Pembroke Historical Committee
Located on Akron Rd. (County Route 11), north side, between Gilmore Rd. and Alleghany Rd. (NY Route 77) in the hamlet of Indian Falls.
Photograph by Anton Schwarzmueller