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This Day in Georgia History

August 01, 1832

Elias Boudinot Resigned

To view a letter from Elias Boudinot to Georgia governor Wilson Lumpkin, see the Georgia Archives

In New Echota, capital of the Cherokee Nation, Elias Boudinot resigned as editor of the Cherokee Phoenix. Boudinot had begun to feel the inevitability of Cherokee removal to the West, but principal chief John Ross and a majority of the Cherokees opposed leaving their homeland. Because Ross felt that the Phoenix was the official organ of the Cherokee Nation, he would not allow Boudinot to discuss arguments for and against voluntary removal in the newspaper - so Boudinot resigned.