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The Secretary of War replies to an inquiry by Senator Edmunds about army paymaster positions.
Autograph Letter signed: "J. D. Cameron," as Secretary of War, 1 pages 8x10¾, affixed to 8x11½ paper. War Department, Washington City, 1877 February 17. On official letterhead to George F. Edmunds, US Senate . In full: "Your letter forwarding with favorable endorsement the application of E. H. Woodbridge for the position of Paymaster in the Army, has been referred to this Department by the President. There are at present no vacancies in the Pay Department, but your application is placed on file for special consideration when a vacancy occurs. Very respectfully your obedient servant". James Donald Cameron (1833-1918) followed closely in his father's footsteps. Simon Cameron, a key Pennsylvania Republican, had been President Lincoln's first Secretary of War and a US Senator. James Cameron was Secretary of War under President Grant (1876-1877), resigning the office to fill the US Senate seat from which his father had just resigned. Cameron represented Pennsylvania in the US Senate from until 1897. Creased and toned. Minor ink smears (legible). Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 14, 1833 in Middletown, Pennsylvania
Died: August 30, 1918 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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