The Reverend Jesse Humes was born in 1887 and grew up to affect the Chickasaw culture in a very important way. He was fluent in the languages of English, Choctaw and Chickasaw. This created an avenue for him and his wife to create "A Chickasaw Dictionary."
Humes was a strong advocate for tribal education programs. It was evident that he wanted the Chickasaws to be educated and not be left behind due to their lack of formal education. He left a legacy of activism and accomplishment for the people and government of the Chickasaw Nation.
Humes was also a shepherd. As a Methodist minister for over 34 years, he was a dedicated leader. He would ride on horseback from town to town to minister and preach to those in need. He passed away in 1966, seven years before "A Chickasaw Language" was published.