About Jarret Blythe, Principal Chief
JARRETT BLYTHE Chief of the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. 1931-1937 Promoted route through the Qualla Boundary
Chief Blythe descended from a line of Cherokee leaders, most prominent among them his grandfather Nimrod Jarrett Smith, who had obtained the Cherokees' corporate charter in 1889. Born in 1886 on the Cherokee reservation, Blythe – like Bauer – attended Cherokee Elementary School and Indian boarding schools:
Chief of the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee who opposed Fred and Catherine Bauer's proposal for the Blue Ridge Parkway's route through the Qualla Boundary and favored a route that is essentially the one in existence today. Described by some as the most popular and the smartest Chief to ever head the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, Blythe was very adept at playing both sides of an argument. He was Chief from 1931 until 1937, just short of the end of his term in office.
http://toto.lib.unca.edu/web_exhibits/BRP_not_so_back_exhibit/06_people/06_people.htm http://docsouth.unc.edu/blueridgeparkway/overlooks/cherokee-2/ -------------------- Jarret Blythe Principal Chief (1963-1967)