Ely Parker

Ely Samuel Parker

Ely Parker

Ely Parker

*Born 1828, Genesee County, New York
*Studied law; denied admission to the Bar because of Indian heritage
*Graduated Rensellaer as a civil engineer; engaged in canal projects


*Proclaimed Grant Sachem of Iroquois Nation (1852); given name Do-ne-ho-ga-wa (“Keeper of the Western Door”)

*Came to Galena (1857) as superintendent of construction of Custom House and U.S. Marine Hospital
*Commissioned Captain and Assistant Adjutant General (May 1863), serving as Gen. John E. Smith’s divisional engineer
*Promoted Lieutenant Colonel and military secretary to U.S. Grant, August 1864
*Transcribed Appomattox surrender terms, April 1865
*Brevetted Brigadier General (USV) April 1865; Brigadier General (USA), March 1867
*Served as Grant’s Aide de Camp until April 1869
*Served as U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs (1869-1871)
*Died August 30, 1895 in Fairfield, Connecticut; buried in Buffalo, New York 

Ely S. Parker Biography by Daryl Watson