Biographical Sketch of Ellis C. Alberty

Ellis C. Alberty was born July 20, 1860, the eldest son of James Alberty and Martha Wright, a daughter of Cornelius Wright, who held some prominent offices in his nation. His father was a leading farmer and stock-raiser, and one-half Cherokee by blood. Ellis attended public school until he was fourteen years of age, when he went to the male seminary at Tahlequah, and there remained five years, after which he spent three years at college in New Hampshire, where he graduated, and returned to his home in the Cherokee Nation. In 1885 he became a teacher in the male seminary, Tahlequah, and held that position for three years, afterward taking the post of first assistant at the orphan asylum, where he also taught for three years. On leaving there he began farming at Chouteau. In July 1877, he married Miss Sue M. Eaton, daughter of Richard Eaton, of Going Snake district. By this marriage they had two children, Cecil, born April 23, 1888, and Lizzie, born October 10, 1890. In August 1891, Mr. Alberty was elected prosecuting attorney for Coowescowee district, which office he still holds. Mr. Alberty owns about 20 head of cattle, a stock of hogs, some mules, and 75 acres of land in cultivation on Grand River, besides several town lots in Chouteau and a good residence on his home place. Mr. Alberty is a fine, tall, intelligent-looking gentleman of good manners and address. He is well educated and as a prosecuting attorney has given every satisfaction, gaining the confidence and respect of his people. Mr. Alberty is a member of the Congregational Church. Mrs. Alberty was a teacher in the nation’s public school for over six years. She is a lady of refinement and culture, a good wife and a loving mother.


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O'Beirne, Harry F. and Edward S. The Indian Territory: Its Chiefs, Legislators, and Leading Men. St. Louis. 1898.

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