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Sir William Johnson
Date: 1715 - 1774
Remarks: Sir William Johnson emigrated to America circa 1738, where he settled on a large estate in the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York and became an Indian trader. His close contact and relationship with members of the tribes of the Six Nations, especially the Mohawk, led him to be appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the British colonial government in 1755. During his life, Johnson aided in the opening of the Mohawk Valley to British setlement, helped drive the French from North America, and also worked to convert to Christianity and educate members of the Six Nations.