Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Ouasakeurat

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OUASAKEURAT, Iroquois chief, b. on his father's farm, near Oka, Canada, 4 Sept., 1845; d. in Caughnawaga, Quebec, 8 Feb., 1881. He was sent to Montreal college when fourteen years old to be educated for the priesthood, and he remained there four years. Later he was converted to Protestantism and became an evangelical preacher. He was tried, but not convicted, on the charge of burning the Catholic church at Oka in June, 1877. The chief translated with skill a volume of hymns into the Mohawk language (Montreal, 1880), and also the gospels from the authorized English version (1880).