Cyrus Harris was the first governor of the Chickasaw Nation and was an integral part in the implementation of the first Chickasaw government and constitution. He was fluent in English and Chickasaw and he used this gift to help mediate land deals during the Removal period. He became involved in Chickasaw politics in the 1850s when he was named the governor and established the first Chickasaw capital in Tishomingo. During his tenure, the Chickasaw Nation experienced a time of peace and harmony. He helped pave the way for future generations of Chickasaws before his passing in January of 1888.