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Matthew Elliott (c. 1739 – May 7, 1814) was an Irish-born trader and Indian agent in the Ohio Country in the era of the American Revolution and afterwards. He worked closely with Tecumseh in securing a Native American alliance with the British in the War of 1812.

Elliott was born in County Donegal and came to North America in 1761. He settled in Upper Canada after the American Revolution. He married Sarah Donovan in 1810. Elliott was superintendent of the Indian Department from 1796 to 1799 and from 1808 to 1813. He also served as a justice of the peace and lieutenant-colonel in the Essex militia. Elliott represented Essex in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada from 1800 to 1812. He died near present-day Burlington, Ontario while leading First Nations warriors against the American frontier at Niagara.

Further reading

  • Horsman, Reginald. Matthew Elliott, British Indian Agent. Detroit, 1964.

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