JAMES C. DOBBIN - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 05/19/1856 - HFSID 321202
JAMES C. DOBBIN As Secretary of the Navy, he reassigns a lieutenant to duty on shore. Manuscript Letter signed: "J. C. Dobbin" as Secretary of the Navy, 1 page, 7¾x10. Navy Department, 1856 May 19. To Lieutenant John C.
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JAMES C. DOBBIN
As Secretary of the Navy, he reassigns a lieutenant to duty on shore.
Manuscript Letter signed: "J. C. Dobbin" as Secretary of the Navy, 1 page, 7¾x10. Navy Department, 1856 May 19. To Lieutenant John C. Frobiger, US Navy, Coast Survey, in full: "You are hereby detached from the Coast Survey steamer Corwin and you will report by letter to the Secretary of the Treasury for duty in the Coast Survey office. I am respectfully your obedient servant". James C. Dobbin (1814-1857), a lawyer graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1832, represented his State in the US Congress as a Democrat (1845-1847), serving thereafter as a state legislator. He was Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons in1850. As a delegate to the 1852 Democratic National Convention, he worked for the nomination of "dark horse" Franklin Pierce, who appointed him Secretary of the Navy (1853-1857). A strong believer in sea power, Dobbin oversaw a rapid expansion of the US fleet. From the Dictionary of American Biography: "No secretary of the navy up to that time so completely won the confidence of the service; and at the same time he secured popular indorsement (sic) and approval. Under him the navy was largely remade...During his service, he was heavily overworked...His health, which had never been robust, failed, and he went home from Washington, at the close of the Pierce administration, only to die." Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Lightly toned. Ink notes (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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