GEORGE E. BADGER. Manuscript LS: "Geo. E. Badger" as
Tyler's Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x10. Navy Department, 1841 May
24. To Assistant Surgeon William Grier, U.S. Ship Cyane, Norfolk.
In full: "The Department has learned from the reports of the
Commandant of the U.S. Brig Dolphin and Schooner Grampertz of the judgment
and skill displayed by you in your treatment of the sick of those vessels at
Porto Praya during their late visit to that place, and of your unremitted
kindness and attention on that occasion. I take pleasure in expressing to you
the gratification desired by the Department from these testimonials honorable to
you as an officer, a physician, and a man." In 1838, President Van Buren had
appointed WILLIAM GRIER Assistant Surgeon in the Navy. In 1852, President
Fillmore promoted Grier to Surgeon. In 1871, President Grant appointed
Grier a Medical Director in the Navy. Appointed Secretary of the Navy by
President William H. Harrison, GEORGE E. BADGER continued to serve in the
post in Tyler's Cabinet after Harrison's death. On September 9, 1841, President
Tyler vetoed a finance bill and his entire Cabinet, except for Secretary of
State Daniel Webster, resigned in protest. Creased, lightly shaded.
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