Chief Joseph

War Hero

Birthday March 3, 1840

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace Wallowa River, OR

DEATH DATE Sep 21, 1904 (64)

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Native American leader who took part in an 1877 war, after his Nez Perce tribesmen were removed from Oregon's Wallowa Valley.

Before Fame

His father split with other Nez Perce leaders in his refusal to sign an 1863 treaty that would relocate his people to an Idaho reservation, and deprive them of their ancestral lands.


He has a scenic highway in Wyoming, a dam in Washington, a city in Oregon, and a road in Montana named after him.

Family Life

He was married and had a daughter named Jean-Louise.

Associated With

His bravery in the Nez Perce War was praised by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman.