Pitchlynn, Peter

Pitchlynn, Peter (b. Hatchootucknee)

(1806–81) Chocktaw leader; born in Hushookwa, Miss. A graduate of Nashville University, he was elected to the Chocktaw council where he worked to encourage education and to end polygamy and alcohol drinking. He was elected principal chief in 1860, after which time he traveled often to Washington, D.C., to lobby for the return of his people's homeland.