Constitutional Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Chiefs

As voted by the Cherokee People under the Cherokee Nation constitutions.

John Ross 1827 – 1866
William P. Ross 1866 – 1867
Lewis Downing 1867 – 1872
William P. Ross 1872 – 1875
Charles Thompson 1875 – 1879
Dennis Bushyhead 1879 – 1888
Joel Bryan Mayes 1888 – 1891
Colonel Johnson Harris 1891 – 1895
Samuel H. Mayes 1895 – 1899
T.M. Buffington 1899 – 1903
William C. Rogers 1903 – 1907
W.W. Keeler 1971 - 1975
Ross Swimmer 1975 - 1985
Wilma Mankiller 1985 - 1995
Joe Byrd 1995 - 1999
Chadwick Smith 1999 - 2011
Bill John Baker 2011 - present