Appointed Chiefs

Appointed by the President, these "Principal Chiefs", many holding the title for only a single day, signed documents and performed other pro forma duties as required by the federal government.

Andrew Bell Cunningham, Chief for 17 days: November 8 – 25, 1919

Edward M. Fry, Chief for 1 day: June 23, 1923

Richard B. Choate, Chief for 1 day: 1925

Charles J. Hunt, Chief for 1 day: December 27, 1928

Oliver P. Brewer, Chief for 1 day: May 26, 1931

William W. Hastings, Chief for 1 day: January 22, 1936

Jesse B. Milam, 1941 until May 8, 1949

William W. Keeler, Chief for 22 years: July, 1949 until August 1971 when he was elected by the Cherokee people and served until 1975 under that capacity.