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.