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Alexander McGillivray

(1750—1793) American Indian leader


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(1751–1793), Isti acagagi thlucco (Great Beloved Man) of the Creek Indians and opponent of Georgia's expansion. Alexander McGillivray's father, Lachlan McGillivray, was a trader, planter, and colonial Georgia assemblyman. His mother, Sehoy Marchand of the Creek Wind Clan, was the daughter of a French officer and a Creek woman. Until age five or seven he lived at Little Tallassee in the Creek Nation. Later he lived in Augusta, Savannah, and Charleston, where he was formally educated. He apprenticed to a slave-trading firm in Savannah. During the Revolutionary War he served the British Indian service in dealings with the Creeks, among whom he remained after 1783. His maternal connection to the Wind Clan provided his tribal status.

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From The Oxford Companion to United States History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: United States History.


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