Ridge, John Rollin
- James W. Parins
Ridge, John Rollin (1827–1867), poet, novelist, and journalist, was born in the Cherokee Nation (present-day Georgia) to John Ridge, a leader of the Cherokees, and Sarah Bird Northrup. At the time, the Cherokee Nation was being pressed by the U.S. government and Georgia settlers to leave their lands and move to territories in the West not yet reached by the advancing frontier. Ridge’s family played an important role in Cherokee affairs; both his father and grandfather, ...