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Sir William Johnson was the superintendent of northern Indians based in New York in the 1750's and 60's and was a significant military leader during the Seven Years' War. His particular strength was that he had the confidence of the Six Nations of the Iroquois. He was also a shrewd businessman and established one the greatest fortunes in the 13 Colonies prior to the creation of the United States. He brought his son John with him on his military campaigns and John became a respected military leader in his own right. Around 1752 Sir William took a young Mohawk teenager in as his consort. Her name was Konwatsi'tsiaiénni in the Mohawk language but history knows her as Mary, or Molly Brant, elder sister of Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) and head of the Society of Matrons of the Six Nations.

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