Terry Foody

Terry Foody, RN, MSN is a graduate of Niagara University, NY and of the University of Kentucky. She is the author of The Pie Seller, The Drunk, and The Lady: Heroes of the 1833 Cholera Epidemic in Lexington, Kentucky. As a speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council and other groups, she brings her extensive research, fascinating characters, and personal perspective to audiences near and far. Her new release, The Cherokee and the Newsman: Kinsmen in Words, is the story of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet and his half-nephew, Howard Gratz, editor of the Kentucky Gazette.


The Cherokee and the Newsman: Kinsmen in Words


In 1828, as part of a Cherokee Delegation to Washington City, Sequoyah stopped in Kentucky to search for his father, Nathanial Gist. There, he met his 4 year old half-nephew, Henry Howard Gratz, foreshadowing a literacy bond between them. Sequoyah, through his syllabary, gave the first written language to an indigenous American tribe. For his part, Gratz published editorials and news for 37 years from Reconstruction through the Gilded Age.


The stories of these two men linked by blood span 7 states, 3 centuries, and 4 wars. Sequoyah, Gratz, and their famous relatives were on the forefront of American history, interacting with Washington, Jackson, and Lincoln.


In articles, letters, and interviews, this account illuminates their controversies, escapades, and lasting contributions; the importance of language and a free press today.