Historical Research Project, Inc. [OTHRP]
Omahas in History
Hiram Chase, Esq.
county attorney, judge, linguist
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Hiram Chase, Esq.
Chase was the
great grandson of Mohwoorgga. He attended mission schools on
the Reservation until he was 15. Chase attended a school in Pennsylvania and college in Peru, Nebraska. He studied law in
Cincinnati graduating with a Bachelor of Law degree. In 1889
Chase was admitted to the bar becoming the first Native American to pass the Nebraska Bar..
went into law practice with fellow Omaha, Thomas Sloan, whom
he taught the law. This law firm was the first Native American law firm in the United States. Together they became the first Native Americans to argue a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Sloan doing the actual presentation.
In 1893 Chase was elected County Judge of
Thurston County and served one term. In 1898 He was elected
County Attorney and re-elected in 1901. He was a member of
the A. F. & A. M.
the first Omaha to try recording the language on
paper. In 1897 he wrote O MU HU W B GRa Za, The
Chase System of Reading and Recording the Omaha and Other
Indian Languages published in Pender, NE in 1897.
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