Thomas McKee (c. 1770 ¡VOctober 20, 1814) was a Canadian soldier and political figure.
McKee was born in the Ohio Country around 1770. He was the son of Alexander McKee (c. 1735¡V1799), an important official in the British Indian Department, and the grandson of Thomas McKee (c.1695¡V1769), a veteran of King George¡¦s War and the French and Indian War as well as a business associate of George Croghan.His great-grandfather Alexander McKee (d.1740) immigrated to Pennsylvania from County Antrim, Ireland, around 1707, and was a veteran of the Battle of the Boyne.
Thomas McKee, like his father, may have had a Shawnee mother, and so Thomas McKee may have been three-quarters Shawnee. According to one family tradition, his grandmother was Tecumseh's sister.
In 1788, the Ojibwa and Ottawas granted him a lease for Pelee Island for 999 years. In 1791, he became a member of the 60th Regiment of Foot of the British Army at Detroit, eventually reaching the rank of captain in 1796. In the same year, he became superintendent of Indian affairs for the Northwestern District. In 1797, he also became responsible for the Amherstburg region and he was elected to represent Kent in the 2nd Parliament of Upper Canada.McKee was reelected in 1800 to represent Essex. Around 1806, his duties with the 60th Foot ended, he joined the local militia and served as a major in the militia during the War of 1812.In 1814, he was accused of grave misconduct, having gotten drunk and allowed his native followers to become drunk and disorderly.
He died near Ile des Cascades in Lower Canada in 1814 while traveling to Montreal.
References: - Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online ¡PƒnNelson, Larry L. A Man of Distinction among Them: Alexander McKee and the Ohio Country Frontier, 1754¡V1799. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1999.¡¨