Major Ridge (1771 - 1839) was a Cherokee leader, a member of the tribal council, a Chickamauga warrior, and a lawmaker. As a warrior, he fought in the Chickamauga Wars against the American frontiersmen. Later, Major Ridge led the Cherokee in alliances with General Andrew Jackson in the Creek and Seminole Wars. He was part of a group of Cherokee Nation chiefs in the early nineteenth century who supported acculturation. All were of mixed race and had some exposure to European-American culture, but identified as Cherokee. Ridge became a wealthy planter and slave owner. In 1839, Major Ridge was assassinated by and angry group of Cherokees.