Standing Turkey was the First Beloved Man of the Cherokee after his father (of the same name) died in 1760. He held this title until 1761. During this time he led the Cherokee in a war against the English, in what is known as the Anglo - Cherokee War. He is also noted for being a member of several delegations to visit London and Spanish Louisiana, seeking refuge from American encroachment for his people.
Standing Turkey was one of three Cherokee leaders to go with Henry Timberlake to London in 1762-1763, the others being Ostenaco and Pouting Pigeon. In 1782, he was one of a party of Cherokee which joined the Delaware, Shawnee, and Chickasaw in a diplomatic visit to the Spanish at Fort St. Louis in seeking a new avenue of obtaining arms and other assistance in the prosecution of their ongoing conflict with the Americans in the Ohio Valley. The group of Cherokee led by Standing Turkey sought and received permission to settle in Spanish Louisiana, in the region of the White River.
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