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George Guess is the American name given to Cherokee Indian cultural hero, Sogwali. He was born in Taskigi, Tennessee in 1770, and is noted for promoting literacy throughout the Cherokee nation. George published the first Native American newspaper on Feb. 21, 1828 (printed in both Cherokee and English) using his invention, a syllabary.
George was also known to the missionaries as Sequoyah, and yes, the sequoia tree is named after him!