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February 11, 2014

Final resting place of Gov. Colbert still a question


Ada —

Gov. Colbert returned to the Chickasaw Nation in the fall of 1864, and the Chickasaw Nation became the last of the Five Tribes to surrender July 14, 1865.

In October of that year, Gov. Colbert addressed the first session of the Chickasaw Council to convene since the beginning of the Civil War, advising them to “bring about the manumission of slaves at the earliest practicable period...”

The Chickasaw Nation entered the war as an independent ally of the Confederacy and Gov. Colbert headed the delegation to Washington that negotiated a separate final treaty with the U.S. government April 28, 1866.

Later that year, Gov. Colbert left office as Cyrus Harris resumed the office.

During his life, Winchester Colbert married five times and had at least 15 children.

He died in 1880 at age 70.

Gov. Colbert was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2008.  His Hall of Fame marker can be found at the Chickasaw Honor Garden, located at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Okla.

Note: This is the second in a series of articles highlighting the burial place of Chickasaw Governors since removal to Indian Territory.

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