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Tom Jeffords
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Adventurer
    (January 1, 1831-February 21, 1914)
    Born in Chautauqua County, New York
    Soldier, miner, lawman most well-known for negotiating a peace treaty with the great Apache chief Cochise
    Jeffords originally just wanted to do his job and was not setting out to be a peacemaker.
    As part of the peace process, Cochise refused to surrender unless Jeffords was made his Indian Agent (an official government agent assigned as an advocate for Cochise's tribe).
    He was an ineffective Indian agent and was removed largely due to his insistence on protecting Native American rights.
    He became a recluse in his final years and, as is common among great men, died broke.
    After his discharge from the Union Army in 1862, he traveled west to Arizona and landed a position running a mail delivery service, where he was unable to make his deliveries due to Apache raids.
    He personally approached Apache chief Cochise is his own camp and negotiated safe passage for his riders.
    He became fast friends with Cochise, and out of this friendship, a wider peace agreement was reached.
    He and Cochise showed that peace is brought about by brave and honorable men and not bureaucrats.
    He led an adventure filled life before and after his heroics with Cochise.
    The outstanding movie 'Broken Arrow' starring Jimmy Stewart as Jeffords and Jeff Chandler as Cochise was made about his exploits.
    An amiannoying profiler was named after him!

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