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Term: Williams, Eleazer 1788 - 1858

Definition:

(Note: birth date given in original as "ca. 1788.") Indian missionary, self-declared "Lost Dauphin," b. Sault St. Louis (Caughnawaga), Quebec, Canada, of mixed Indian-white parentage. He was trained for missionary work at Longmeadow, Mass., and attended Dartmouth College. Born a Catholic and educated as a Congregationalist, Williams joined the Episcopal Church in 1815, was allowed to do missionary work among the Oneida Indians in New York, and later (1826) was ordained a deacon. A gifted leader, he envisaged an Indian empire west of Lake Michigan under his rule. In 1821 he accompanied a delegation of New York Indians to Green Bay, where the eastern tribesmen effected a cession of land from the Menominee and Winnebago on the Fox River. In 1822 Williams established his home there, strengthening his claim to a tract at Little Rapids through marriage to a Menominee of mixed blood. The Indians eventually repudiated his leadership, however, and as early as 1839 Williams began his pretensions that he was the "Lost Dauphin" of France, Louis XVII. Later he claimed that Prince de Joinville, son of King Louis Philippe, asked him to sign an abdication at Green Bay in 1841. In the early 1850's he became an open pretender, tricked his mother into signing an affidavit that he was an adopted son, and issued manifestoes, signing his writings "L. D." (Louis, Dauphin). Williams promised his friends many royal favors when his wrong had been righted; but, doomed to defeat, he died in poverty and obscurity at Hogansburg, N.Y. Many years later, his remains were reinterred at Duck Creek, near Green Bay. Dict. Amer. Biog.; Colls. State Hist. Soc. Wis., 6 (1872), 8 (1879); J. H. Hanson, Lost Prince (New York, 1854); T. W. Clarke, Emigres in the Wilderness (New York, 1941); WPA MS; E. Williams Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Eleazer Williams Papers for details.

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

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Briggs, Jason W. 1821 - 1899
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Buck, Philo Melvin Jr. 1877 - 1950
Burleson, Solomon Stevens 1833 - 1897
Cadle, Richard Fish 1796 - 1857
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Carter, Homer Wright 1847 - 1933
Catholics in Wisconsin
Chapin, Aaron Lucius 1817 - 1892
Charlevoix, Fr., Pierre François Xavier de, 1682-1
Chattanooga, Battle of
Civil War: 15th Infantry
Civil War: 21st Infantry
Clark, John 1797 - 1854
Clary, Dexter 1798 - 1874
Colman, Henry Root 1800 - 1895
Dablon (D'Ablon), Fr. Claude, 1619-1697.
Davidson, John Nelson 1848 - 1945
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Derenthal, Oderic Ignaz 1856 - 1934
Dicke, Peter Henry 1822 - 1911
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Eaton, Edward Dwight 1851 - 1942
Eaton, Samuel Witt 1820 - 1905
Ellis, Albert Gallatin 1800 - 1885
Episcopals in Wisconsin
Father Caspar Rehrl (Historic Marker Erected 1991)
Father Samuel Mazzuchelli (Historic Marker Erected
Fraser, Thomas 1820 - 1893
Garth, Schuyler Edward 1898 - 1947
Gordon, Philip 1886 - 1948
Hall, Sherman 1800 - 1879
Hauser, Jacob 1845 - 1931
Indian schools in Wisconsin
Iverson, Andreas Michael 1823 - 1907
Jogues, Fr. Isaac, 1607-1646
Kelly, Patrick 1792 - 1858
Kemper, Jackson 1789 - 1870
Kewaunee [brief history]
Lalemant, Fr. Jérôme (Hierosme), 1593-1673
Le Jeune, Fr. Paul, 1591-1664
Le Mercier, Fr., 1604-1690
Lochner, John Frederick Carl 1822 - 1902
Lummpkin, Hope Henry 1882 - 1932
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Madeline Island (Historic Marker Erected 1961)
Marcellon [origin of place name]
Marquette (Historic Marker Erected 1957)
Marquette, Jacques 1637 - 1675
Marsh, Cutting 1800 - 1873
Mazzuchelli, Samuel Charles 1806 - 1864
McArthur, Gen. Arthur (1845-1912)
Menard, Fr. Rene, 1605-1661
Metoxen, John 1770 - 1858
Miller, Marjorie "Midge" 1922
Miller, Wesson Gage 1822 - 1893
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Missionary Ridge, Battle of
Moravians in Wisconsin
Mueller, John Gottlieb 1813 - 1893
Northwest Portal of Wisconsin (Historic Marker Ere
Ordway, Moses 1788 - 1870
Pere Marque'ite and Sieur Jolliet (Historic Marker
Ragueneau, Fr. Paul, 1608-1680
Rankin, Walter Laurie 1841 - 1910
Schinner, Augustine Francis 1863 - 1937
St. Cosme, Fr. Jean François Buisson de, dates unv
Stevens Point [origin of place name]
Stucki, Jacob 1857 - 1930
Tank, Nils Otto 1800 - 1864
Tanktown [origin of place name]
The Bad River (Historic Marker Erected 1957)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1622-1699
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Verwyst, Chrysostom Adrian 1841 - 1925
Vimont, Fr. Barthélemy, 1594-1667
Walworth, John 1804 - 1895
Wheeler, Leonard Hemenway 1811 - 1872
Williams, Eleazer 1788 - 1858
Winnebago Indian School, Neillsville, Wis.
Wisconsin River Headwaters (Historic Marker Erecte

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