Williams, Eleazar

Williams, Eleazar

(c. 1789–1858) missionary; born in Caughnawaga, Canada. Of part Iroquois descent, educated in Massachusetts, he established a mission among the Oneida Indians and translated an Episcopal prayer book into the Iroquois language. In 1822 he led a group of Oneidas to new lands in Wisconsin, though he eventually had to abandon his dream of establishing an Indian empire in the West. After 1839 he maintained that he was Louis XVII, the "Lost Dauphin" of France, a claim he never renounced.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.