John Willock Noble
|John Willock Noble|
|18th United States Secretary of the Interior|
March 7, 1889 – March 6, 1893
|Preceded by||William Freeman Vilas|
|Succeeded by||M. Hoke Smith|
October 26, 1831|
Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||March 22, 1912
|Spouse(s)||Lizabeth Halsted Noble|
|Alma mater||Miami University
Noble was born in Lancaster, Ohio, and attended Miami University. In 1851, he graduated from Yale University with honors. He then studied law at Columbus and Cincinnati, moved to St. Louis in 1855, and a year later settled in the practice of his profession at Keokuk, Iowa. There he took a prominent part in politics. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was city attorney for Keokuk, which position he had assumed in 1859. After service in the Union Army during the War, he settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where he became U.S. Attorney for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1867-70.
He served as Secretary of the Interior throughout the entire Benjamin Harrison administration. Under his watch as Secretary of the Interior, the Cherokee Commission negotiated eleven agreements that removed nineteen indigenous tribes to small allotments in the Oklahoma Territory, while opening the land to homesteaders. He later resumed the practice of law in St. Louis and died there in 1912. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery.
- Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Noble, John Willock". Encyclopedia Americana.
- "Noble, John Willock". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
- Hagan, William T. (2003). Taking Indian Lands: The Cherokee (Jerome) Commission, 1889-1893. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 13, 18, 19, 20, 38, 182, 223, 235. ISBN 978-0-8061-3513-7.
- Everett, Dianna. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Noble County." Retrieved October 3, 2013.
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