John Ridge
Historical Figure
Nationality: Cherokee
Date of Birth: 1802
Date of Death: 1839
Cause of Death: Stabbed and beaten to death
Occupation: Politician
Parents: Major Ridge
Spouse: Sarah Bird Northup
Children: John Rollin Ridge
Relatives: Nancy Ridge (sister); Elias Boudinot (cousin)
Trail of Glory
POD: March 27, 1814
Appearance(s): 1812: The Rivers of War
1824: The Arkansas War
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederacy of the Arkansas
Occupation: Soldier, Publisher
John Ridge (1802-1839) was the son of Cherokee leader Major Ridge and a political leader in his own right. Edcuated in the United States, Ridge became an advocate for Cherokee removal to the west rather than holding out in the east. He signed the Treaty of Echota in 1835, which in turn justified forced removal by the U.S. government during the Trail of Tears. John Ridge and his father were both assassinated for their indirect participation in the Trail of Tears.

John Ridge in Trail of GloryEdit

John Ridge was a publisher and soldier in the Confederacy of the Arkansas, and the son of prominent Cherokee leader, Major Ridge.

Washington ExpeditionEdit

In 1814, young John, his sister Nancy, and their cousin, Buck Watie, had been students of the school established by the Moravian Brethern. However, their father wanted them to be more thoroughly educated in American ways.

In June, 1814, Lt. Sam Houston met with Major Ridge at Oothcaloga and asked Ridge to accompany Houston's expedition to Washington, knowing that if he did go, he would lose his credibility among his people. He instead asked Houston to take his children and his nephew and find a good American school for them. Houston, realizing that doing so would curry favor with Major Ridge, agreed.

Houston and the youths were soon joined by John Ross, Sequoyah, and three children of Captain John Rogers: James, John, and Tiana.

The group arrived in Washing just prior to the British attack on the city. Initially, Houston and Ross wanted to have the Ridge children taken to a safe location, but all protested strongly enough that the group stayed together.

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