Wyandot Chief

1742 - 1818


An ardent opponent of Tecumseh, Tarhe was a spiritual and political leader of the Porcupine Wyandot during the second half of the eighteenth century.

Born in Detroit, Tarhe fought at the 1774 Battle of Mount Pleasent in present-day West Virginia.

He also fought with Blue Jacket at the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

He signed the 1795 Treaty of Greenville with a dozen other principal chiefs, who chose him as one of their principal speakers.

Tarhe was a leading opponent of Tecumseh's plans to forge an Indian Confederacy against continued white encroachment, which he seemed to consider inevitable.

On the eve of the War of 1812, Tarhe called a council of pro-U.S. chiefs at Brownstown on the Detroit River.

Tecumseh then called his own council on the river's opposite shore and prepared to raid the opposite camp.

Tecumseh pressed many of the Tarhe's allies into joining him as Tarhe himself escaped the attack.

He later joined William Henry Harrison's forces in the war and helped defeat Tecumseh at the 1813 Battle of the Thames.

After the war, Tarhe returned to Cranetown, near Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where he died.