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William Warren 1825-1853 William Warren was born in La Pointe Fort on Madeline Island His birthdate was May 27 1825 He was the oldest son of Michael Warren and Mary Cadotte William spent much of his early childhood living in the fur trading fort living between his grandfathers Ojibwe Indians Chief White Crane William at age seven was sent to New York City with his white grandfather Lymen Warren William had a hard time adjusting to the way of life in New York because he had only spoken the language of the Ojibwe his entire life William was a quick learner and quickly learned English He had become a very fluent speaker and learned to love reading When William returned to La Pointe at age of sixteen in 1842 he was now considered to be an adult and was included in all tribal discussions He had also decided to marry Matilda Aitkins daughter of a French settler Later in that same year William was asked to be an interpreter for Henry M Rice Rice said William is one of the most eloquent and fluent speakers of both languages Having William as an interpreter was important to Rice because he had to deal often with Ojibwes as a government official Two years later in 1844 after a long travel during harsh winters Williams suffered from bleeding lungs a health problem he would not fully recover from for the rest of his life After years of gaining the trust and respect of all the Ojibwe tribe Williams now only twenty-five was asked to be a representative of the Ojibwe in a quarrel with the Sioux The two tribes met with the governor of Minnesota In the end the two nations had settled their disputes and were each given an ox as a sign of peace by the governor In the same year William served in the second legislative session of the territorial
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