Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Le Flore, Basil
LE FLORE, Basil, b. near Carrollton, Miss., in 1811; d. in Goodland, Indian Territory, 15 Oct., 1886. He was of mixed French and Indian blood, but was brought up as a Choctaw, attending the mission school at Brainard, Miss., and subsequently for several years the Johnson Indian school in Kentucky. He emigrated to Indian Territory in 1831, having been preceded by most of his tribe, and soon held a high place in the councils. He was a member of the Methodist church, possessed a good education, and by his adaptation of the refinements of civilized life set a good example to others of his tribe. He became governor of the Choctaw nation in 1860, held office for fifteen years, and later was auditor until his death.