Shawnee Chief. Led confederation of First Nations in league with the British, against the Americans, in the War of 1812. Was killed during the Battle of the Thames, in Upper Canada.
Legend says that Tecumseh was killed by Col. Richard Mentor Johnson of the Kentucky Mounted Rifles, and this fame helped Johnson be elected to the U.S. vice presidency in 1837.
Tecumseh's body was apparently buried on or near the battlefield. Legend says that it was later removed to a location, possibly in Ohio, that is a closely guarded secret among the Shawnee descendants. Other rumored locations are St. Anne's Island, in the St. Claire River at the head of Lake St. Clair, and Walpole Island, also on Lake St. Clair.