McDowell, James

1848 ALS as Virginia US Rep to Treasury Secetary Walker

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(1795-1851) 29th Governor of Virginia 1843-46, US Congressman 1846-51. He graduated from Princeton in 1817,studied law, was admitted to the bar, but did not practice. McDowell represented Rockbridge County in the House of Delegates from the Session of 1830-1831 to the Session of 1834-1835, and returned for the Session of 1838. He supported the gradual abolition of slavery after Nat Turner's Insurrection and President Jackson's proclamation against South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis. A renowned orator, McDowell was elected to a 3-year term as governor of Virginia serving from 1 January 1843 to 1 January 1846. He was elected as a Democrat to Congress and served March 6, 1846-March 3, 1851. He was the brother-in-law of Senator Thomas Hart Benton. McDowell County, West Virginia was formed in 1858 and named in his honor. 10 x 8 ALS, "H. of Representatives" (Washington), May 31 1848, 1 pp (1st and 2nd pages of folded sheet, addressed on 4th page), to Treasury Secretary Robert J. Walker. McDowell gives a glowing letter of recommendation for a Mr. Seabrook of Richmond, a classical teacher at a Virginia college, who seeks employment in the Department. Robert J. Walker (1801-1869) Mississippi US Senator 1836-45, Secretary of the Treasury 1845-49 (Polk), largely responsible for creation of the Department of Interior 1849. Governor of Kansas Teritory 1857-58, US financial agent in Europe 1863-64.

Condition: Very good, mount remnants at left edge
Type:Letter






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