GEORGE E. BADGER
Two months before he resigned in protest from the Tyler
Administration, Navy Secretary Badger replies to a woman seeking a naval
apprenticeship for her son.
Autograph Letter signed: "Geo. E. Badger" as Secretary of
the Navy, 1 page, 7¾x9¾. Navy Department (Washington, D.C.), 1841
July 1. To Mrs. Sarah Fox, Baltimore. In full: "Your letter of the
26th ult. has been received. The Commander of the Naval Rendezvous at Baltimore
has been written to on the subject of entering your son as an apprentice in the
navy and to him you are referred. I am very respectfully your obedient servant".
George Edmund Badger (1795-1866), a North Carolina lawyer and former
Jacksonian Democrat who helped secure the election of a Whig President (William
Henry Harrison) in 1840, was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President
Harrison. When Harrison died, successor John Tyler pursued policies completely
contrary to the wishes of the Whig leaders in Congress. On September 11, Badger
resigned in protest along with all the other Cabinet members except Secretary of
State Daniel Webster. During his brief tenure, Badger worked aggressively to
strengthen the Navy in the face of the threat of war with Britain. Badger
represented North Carolina in the US Senate (1846-1855), and was
nominated to the Supreme Court by President Fillmore. The Senate rejected his
nomination. Lightly creased. Lightly creased and toned. Horizontal folds,
not affecting signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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