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(1736-1836) Seneca chief, orator, treaty-composer. Was born along the Genesee River. Born along the Genesee River to a Seneca Mother and a white father (O’Bail or Abeel). A Chief who initially fought against the British, he fought alongside the British during the American Revolution. After the war he composed many treaties and was a powerful orator but not without controversy among some Native Americans as to what was achieved. He is the subject of many books, stories and studies. William Walker Canfield wrote/edited a book published in 1902: Legends of the Iroquois as told by “the Cornplanter.” Handsome Lake was his half-brother.

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John Cornplanter O'Bail



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Was born along the Genesee River


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