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MCKEE, John

McKEE, John
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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1771–1832

Biography

McKEE, John, a Representative from Alabama; born in Augusta (now Rockbridge) County, Va., in 1771; attended Liberty Hall Academy (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va.; United States agent for the Choctaw Indians in East Mississippi 1802-1816; appointed an officer in the land office at Tuscaloosa March 9, 1821, and was one of the first settlers of Tuscaloosa County; member of the commission to settle the boundary line between the States of Kentucky and Tennessee; elected as a Jackson Republican candidate to the Eighteenth Congress, and reelected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1829); was not a candidate for renomination in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; was one of the commissioners in 1829 who negotiated the treaty of Dancing Rabbit, by which a large tract of land west of the Tombigbee River was acquired from the Choctaw Indians; died at his home, "Hill of Howth," near Boligee, Green County, Ala., August 12, 1832; interment in Bethsalem Cemetery, Boligee, Ala.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1818-1828, 1 folder. The papers of John McKee contain letters, 1818 Oct. 20 and 1828 Sept. 5, the first of which is from Andrew Jackson, at the Chickasaw treaty ground, to John McKee, in which is discussed the sale of land by the Chickasaws to the United States, as well as showing the Chickasaws how to grow and spin cotton. The second letter is from McKee, in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa Co., Ala., to George Hays, and in it is discussed McKee's move to Washington, D.C., his sale of his mills, and the settlement of his business affairs, including his debt to Louis Durant, in and around Tuscaloosa.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1792-1852, 1 linear foot. The papers of John McKee include correspondence, financial records, and other papers relating to McKee's role as an Indian agent to the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. Also included are papers concerning the War of 1812 and McKee's congressional career. Correspondents include William Blount and Andrew Jackson.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1793-1829, 10 items including 1 volume. The papers of John McKee include a diary, 1804-1805, and eight letters, 1793-1829, concerning Indian affairs and lands belonging to Gen. Lafayette. The diary was written while McKee was a U.S. Indian agent, and deals chiefly with travels and contacts with Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians. The papers are also available on microfilm.
Microfilm: In the William Proctor Gould diary, 1828-1856, 1 microfilm reel. Persons represented include John McKee.
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