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John Sibley (1757-1837) was the father of George Champlin Sibley. John Sibley had a wide and varied life. Initially living in Massachusetts, Sibley served as a surgeon's assistant during the Revolutionary War. Later, he moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he started a newspaper, the Fayetteville Gazette. He made one final move, to Louisiana, slightly before the U.S. purchase of the Louisiana Territory.
It was Sibley's time in Louisiana that was notable because President Jefferson appointed him as a U.S. agent to the Native Americans in the area. Sibley gave lengthy descriptions of the early settlement of Louisiana, Texas, Native Americans, and the Mexican Revolution.
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Submissions from 1827
Submissions from 1821
Submissions from 1817
Submissions from 1813
Submissions from 1812
Submissions from 1811
Letter from George Sibley to John Sibley, August 18, 1811, George Champlin Sibley