George Guess Sequoyah (1770-1843), after serving with the US army in the Creek War 1813-1814, he made a study of his own Cherokee language and created a syllabary which was approved by the Cherokee council in 1821.
This helped thousands of Indians towards literacy and resulted in the publication of books and newspapers in their own language. Sequoya went on to write down ancient tribal history.
In later life he became a political representative of the Western tribes in Washington, negotiating for the Indians when the US government forced resettlement in Indian territory in the 1830s. A type of giant redwood tree, the sequoia, is named after him, as is a national park in California.
Why is Sequoyah famous?
Sequoyah was an American Indian scholar and leader.