Who said, "The only good Indian is a dead one"?


"The only good Indian is a dead one" is a common misquote of "I have never seen in my life a good Indian except when I have seen a dead Indian." This was a statement made in the House of Representatives by Rep. James Cavanaugh.

James Cavanaugh made this remark in the House in 1869. The variation of the quote in the question is commonly attributed to Philip Sheridan, who was an American general who fought many battles against Native American peoples after the Civil War. He built a reputation for brutality and nonchalance toward the killing of noncombatants, while forcing holdout Indian groups onto reservations.

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