Native American Authors


DeWitt Clinton Duncan , 1829-1909

Cherokee

Known for his political letters that were published in newspapers under the pen name Too-qua-stee, Dewitt Clinton Duncan also wrote poetry and fiction. He was born at Dahlonega, in part of the eastern Cherokee Nation that is now present-day Georgia. His parents were John and Elizabeth Abercrombie Duncan.


In addition to writing, Duncan was a lawyer, teacher, mayor and school principal. He lived and worked in New Hampshire, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. He returned to the Cherokee Nation in 1880, and lived there until his death in Vinita (Cherokee Nation West, current day Oklahoma) on November 2, 1909.

 

Online resources by or about DeWitt Clinton Duncan:

The Genius of Sequoyah by Jim Parins
Author: UALR American Native Press Archives
Type: etext
Description: Contains biographical information about Duncan and the text of a poem written by him about Sequoyah.
URL: http://www.anpa.ualr.edu/digital_library/sequoyah/sequoyah.htm

The Story of the Cherokees [a machine-readable transcription]
Author: Sequoyah Research Center
Type: etext
Description: Full text of a short story by Dewitt Clinton Duncan. Includes biographical information about the author.
URL: http://www.anpa.ualr.edu/digital_library/indianvoices/DunStor.htm

The Too-Qua-Stee Collection [a machine-readable transcription]
Author: Sequoyah Research Center
Type: etext
Description: Full text of numerous political essays written by DeWitt Clinton Duncan, outlining "the major political and social issues facing the Cherokees (as well as other Indian nations, especially those of the Indian Territory) in a crucial period starting with the revival of the tribe after the divisive and destructive Civil War and ending with tribal dissolution in 1906."
URL: http://anpa.ualr.edu/digital_library/TooquasteeCollection.htm


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