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Posey, Alexlocked

(03 August 1873–27 May 1908)
  • Dennis Wepman

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Posey, Alex (03 August 1873–27 May 1908), Native American journalist and poet, was born Alexander Lawrence Posey in the Creek Nation near Eufaula, in present-day McIntosh County, Oklahoma, the son of Lewis Henderson (“Hence”) Posey, a Scotch-Irish farmer and herder, formerly U.S. marshall at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Nancy Phillips, née Pohas Harjo, a Creek Indian of a high-ranking family who was said to speak no English and was known as a teller of folktales. A fully acculturated member of the tribe—he later claimed to have spoken nothing but Creek until he was fourteen years old—Posey was a good student at the Creek national boarding school in Eufaula, where English was the language of instruction, and worked after classes at the ...

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