Charles C. Royce (December 22, 1845 - February 11, 1923) was an American author, ethnographer, cartographer, and businessman. Born in Defiance, Ohio, Royce enlisted in the U.S. Navy three month before his nineteenth birthday. He served as Acting Master's Mate on the monitor U.S.S. Neosho during the last months of the U.S. Civil War. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Royce elected to seek employment in Washington, D.C., where he found a job as a clerk in the Office of Indian Affairs. John Wesley Powell, the first head of the Bureau of Ethnology, became aware of Royce's work concerning Indian land cessions, and helped Royce pursue his work. Powell provided funds for research trips and borrowed books for Royce from the Library of Congress. In February 1883, Royce gained an appointment as an ethnologist in the Bureau of Ethnology, but chose to leave Washington, D.C. and return to Ohio the following year, where he found work as an accountant at the Miami County Bank. Royce submitted the manuscript of his work The Cherokee Nation before returning to Ohio, and was disappointed when its publication was delayed for a year. The Cherokee Nation is regarded as a valuable contribution to literature about the American Indian, as is his monumental Indian Land Cessions in the United States, which was also published by the Bureau of Ethnology. Royce became the manager of Ranco Chico, a California fruit ranch, in 1888. He retired in 1912, and moved back to Washington, D.C., where he suffered from ill health until his death. He married Isabella Harter in 1871 and the couple never had any children.

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