WILLIAM W. BELKNAP
As Secretary of War, he signs a conditional appointment to West
Point, subject to examination, for George M. Brodhead
Military Appointment signed: "Wm. W. Belknap" as Secretary
of War, 1 page, 8x10¼. Washington, 1873 March 3. Partly printed
document informing George M. Brodhead of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, of his
appointment as a Cadet at the US Military Academy, subject to examination by the
Academic Review Board, and favorable reports as to his "personal, military and
moral deportment." Ink notation (unknown hand) states that Brodhead's
appointment came through J. B. Storm, a Member of Congress. William W.
Belknap (1829-1890) served bravely and effectively in the Civil War, wounded
at Shiloh, and participating in the Battle of Corinth, the siege of Vicksburg,
and Sherman's march through Georgia. He became President Grant's Secretary of
War on October 25, 1869, succeeding William Tecumseh Sherman. Belknap was
charged with corruption in office, admitted receiving bribes for the
appointment of Indian post-traders and resigned from the Cabinet on March 7,
1876. He was impeached by the House of Representatives and was tried by the
Senate. On August 1, 1876, Belknap was acquitted on the technical ground
of lack of jurisdiction because he was no longer a government official.
Then, as now, nominations of West Point cadets come through members of a
State's Congressional delegation, in this case John B. Storm
(1836-1901), a Pennsylvania Democrat who served in Congress 1871-1875 and
1883-1887. Light surface creases. Tape on tear near bottom half. Normal mailing
folds. Corners lightly worn. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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