Kilhote, Just for you Joe Pryor

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Kilhote was born in Attla County, Mississippi back in 1826. He was a member of the Choctaw Nation. The family moved to McCurtain County, Oklahoma in 1834. He attended mission school at Pine Ridge. He went on to attend Spencer Finishing School and enrolled at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

In 1852, he entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City where in 1855 he received a Master of Arts degree the first Native American student from Indian Territory to earn this degree. He had his name changed to Allen Wright where after graduation he was ordained a minister by the Presbyterian Church. He married Harriet in 1857.

In 1859, he was elected as treasurer of the Choctaw Nation serving two terms. In 1861, he signed a treaty with the Confederate States of America, joining the Confederates. In 1863, he was sent to Fort Smith, Arkansas where an armistice was signed.

In 1866, he was elected Principal Chief of the Choctaw Tribe where during his term he compiled the Choctaw dictionary written for use in the tribal schools and translating the book of Psalms from Hebrew to Choctaw. What you may not know about Allen is he is credited for naming the State of Oklahoma in 1885. Now you know how Oklahoma got its name. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.


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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Thank James! The English translation of Oklahoma is red man. We have 69 Indian tribes in Oklahoma and 39 national tribal headquarters. I guess the most famous Indians from Oklahoma are Jim Thorpe and Sequoyah.

Jul 22, 2017 04:35 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... I did not know that, but now I do... thanks for the history of how Oklahoma got its name.

Jul 22, 2017 04:40 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. No clue until now how Oklahoma got its name. Enjoy your day!

Jul 22, 2017 05:19 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I never knew how Oklahoma got it's name James Dray. Life is my learning experience!

Jul 22, 2017 06:31 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very cool, I did not know of this man, but I think I had heard the story of how Oklahoma got it's name.

Jul 22, 2017 06:52 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I wondered why this was for Joe until I got to the end. Super read.

Jul 22, 2017 07:15 AM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

James Dray  It is told the Indians  are the lost tribes of Isreal

Jul 22, 2017 08:20 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - thank you the education.  Now we know how Oklahoma received its name.

Jul 22, 2017 09:51 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- how very interesting! I'd never thought about how stages got their name. Now that would be an interesting series. 

Jul 22, 2017 11:14 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story, and I am glad you featured this great man.  Have a wonderful weekend. A

Jul 22, 2017 12:12 PM #10
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Hello James Dray 

I so enjoy your history postings and this one with the shout-out to Joe Pryor was particularly fun!

Jul 24, 2017 03:32 AM #11
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

We can't forget the true Native Americans.

Jul 24, 2017 05:00 AM #12
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

The jump from Kilhote to Allen Wright is a big one. What an interesting life he lead. I will remeber his name whenever I think of Oklahoma

Aug 09, 2017 11:06 AM #13
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