Southard, Samuel L.

1824 LS as Navy Secretary trasnsmitting 1825 budget estimates to the Treasury Register

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(1787-1842) Prominent early 19th century statesman, New Jersey US Senator, Secretary of the Navy, and 10th Governor of New Jersey. Graduated from Princeton 1804, appointed law reporter by the New Jersey legislature in 1814. Elected to the state legislature in 1815, he was appointed to the state supreme court shortly thereafter, and in 1820 served as a presidential elector. He served in the US Senate January 26, 1821- March 4, 1823 when he resigned. During this time, he was a member of the committee that produced the Missouri Compromise. President Monroe selected him as Secretary of the Navy in September 1823, and he remained in office under President J. Q. Adams. During these years, he also served briefly as ad interim Secretary of the Treasury (1825) and Secretary of War (1828). One of the most effective of the Navy's early Secretaries, he endeavored to enlarge the Navy and improve its administration, purchased land for the first Naval Hospitals, began construction of the first Navy dry docks, undertook surveys of US coastal waters and promoted Pacific exploration. Responding to actions by influential officers, he reinforced the American tradition of civilian control over the military establishment. On Southard's watch, the Navy grew by some 50% in personnel and expenditures and expanded its reach into waters that had not previously seen an American man-of-war. In 1829, Southard became state attorney general, was elected governor by the legislature in 1832, and re-entered the U.S. Senate in 1833. During the next decade, he was a Whig leader. As President pro tempore, he was acting Vice President April 4, 1841-May 31, 1842 after the death of Wm. H. Harrison and Vice President Tyler becoming President. Failing health forced his resignation from the Senate in 1842. 10 x 8 LS as Navy Secretary, Navy Department (Washington), November 22 1824, to Joseph Nourse, Register of the Treasury. Southard transmits (not present) "estimates for the support of the Navy" for 1825, also sending estimates for support of the Offices of the Secretary of the Navy and the Board of Navy Commissioners. JOSEPH NOURSE (1754-1841) 1st US Register of the Treasury, his career spanned 40 years and 6 presidential administrations. He played a key role in administering the finances of the new Republic. Nourse first served during the Revolution as military secretary to General Charles Lee. He settled in Philadelphia in 1779, where he served as Assistant Auditor General for the Board of Treasury. He was elected Register in 1781, assuming responsibility for keeping the financial records and accounts of the new government. He also authenticated each piece of Continental currency by personally signing it. In 1800, he moved with the federal government to the City of Washington. When Andrew Jackson was elected President in 1829, Nourse was forced from office.

Condition: Very good, slightly trimmed at lower left
Type:Letter






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