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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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