(1723 – July 14, 1792; also misspelled as Occum
}}) was a member of the Mohegan
nation, from near New London, Connecticut
, who became a Presbyterian
cleric. Occom was the second Native American to publish his writings in English (after son-in-law Joseph Johnson (Mohegan/Brothertown) whose letter to Moses Paul, published April 1772, preceded Occom's by 6 months), the first Native American to write down his autobiography, and also helped found several settlements, including what ultimately became known as the Brothertown Indians
. Together with the missionary John Eliot
, Occom became one of the foremost missionaries who cross-fertilised Native American communities with Christianized European culture.
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