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2003 Hall of Fame Inductee
Quanah Parker

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2003 Hall of Fame Inductee

Quanah Parker*

Quanah Parker, son of Chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, was the last Chief of the Comanches. He was never captured by the Army, but decided to surrender and lead his tribe when he saw that there was no alternative. He supported education, ranching, and farming as the new way of life for the Comanche. Quanah Parker learned English, became a reservation judge, lobbied Congress and pleaded the cause of the Comanche Nation. He negotiated grazing rights with Texas cattlemen and invested in the railroad. Among his friends were cattlemen Charles Goodnight and President Theodore Roosevelt. For his courage, integrity and tremendous insight, Parker's life tells the story of one of America's greatest untold leaders and a true Texas hero.

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