Lawrie Tatum (Mullica Hill, New Jersey May 16, 1822 - January 22, 1900 Springdale, Iowa) was a Quaker who was best known as an Indian Agent to the Kiowa and Comanche tribes at Fort Sill agency in Indian Territory.
When President Ulysses S. Grant's "Peace Policy" concerning U.S. policy with Native American tribes went into effect, officials of the Society of Friends (Quakers) met with Grant and requested members of their organization be assigned as Indian agents. This led to the "Quaker Policy"; replacing corrupt agents in the Indian Bureau with Quakers, which was later expanded to include other religious denominations. On July 1, 1869, Tatum began his duties "acting in the capacity of governor, legislature, judge, sheriff and accounting officer" for the Kiowa and Comanche Agency at Fort Sill in the Indian Territory.
Tatum was known to the Kiowa and Comanche tribes as Pot-ta-wat Pervo (Bald Head Agent). While acting as Indian agent, Tatum secured the release of many white and Mexican captives, including the family of Gottfried Koozer, whose wife and five children were kidnapped by Chief White Horse of the Kiowa. Tatum resigned his position on March 31, 1873 partly in protest to the release of Satanta, which he opposed.
Lawrie Tatum's Bibliography
Our Red Brothers and the Peace Policy of President Ulysses S. Grant (1899)
- The Western American Indian: Case Studies in Tribal History By Richard N. Ellis
- Our red brothers and the peace policy of President Ulysses S. Grant By Lawrie Tatum Publisher: John C. Winston & Co. Philadelphia Pa.
- The Making of Herbert Hoover By Rose Wilder Lane p. 106
- Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum