Historic Markers Across Tennessee

John Ross ~ 1790 - 1866

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Location: along the Chattanooga River walk near the Tennessee River, a few feet from Ross's Landing Marker. Just off Riverfront Parkway across the highway from the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 3.387    W 085° 18.681
  35.05645    -85.31135
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM245F


John Ross was the grandson of John McDonald and the son of Daniel Ross natives of Scotland and partners in a trading post established at Ross’s Landing. He dedicated himself to the education of the Cherokee Nation. JOHN ROSS is called the greatest of the Cherokee chiefs, although only one–eighth Cherokee. He served as principal chief from 1828-1866.

He fought against the removal of the Cherokees from this region, ultimately leading them on the Trail of Tears journey to Oklahoma in 1838.