Chief Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea)

1743 – 1807   Mohawk Leader and Warrior

Brant was born in New York State and was educated in a settler school, becoming fluent in English. Brant fought with the British during the Seven Years War against France and during the American Revolution. Most unusually for a native of the time, he was given a commission as an officer with the British Army. A loyal advocate for his people, Brant travelled twice to England to lobby for them. During his first trip, he was made a Mason. Following the Revolution, Brant settled in southwestern Ontario, where he died following a brief illness. Brantford, Ontario is named for him.

Hiram’s Cliftonian Lodge No. 47
Founding Master, Brantford Lodge No. 31


“I bow to no man for I am considered a prince among my own people. But I will gladly shake your hand.”