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PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/25/1868 - HFSID 100624

ANDREW JOHNSON One of three successive nominations of U.S. Minister Resident to Ecuador not confirmed by the Senate after they failed to remove him from office. Manuscript Message of the President signed: "Andrew Johnson" as 17th U.S. President, 1p, 8½x11¾, inlaid to 9½x12¾.

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ANDREW JOHNSON
One of three successive nominations of U.S. Minister Resident to Ecuador not confirmed by the Senate after they failed to remove him from office.
Manuscript Message of the President signed: "Andrew Johnson" as 17th U.S. President, 1p, 8½x11¾, inlaid to 9½x12¾. Washington, D.C., 1868 July 25. "To the Senate/of the United States". In full: "I nominate George H. Parker, of Iowa, to be Minister Resident to Ecuador, to fill a vacancy." Docketed on verso: "No 749/40 Cong/2d Session/Nomination/of George H. Parker,/of Iowa, to be Min-/ister to Ecuador/1868-July 27 read,/referred to Com./on Foreign Relations/& ordered to lie." This document is quoted verbatim in the "Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America, 1789-1873", Monday, July 27, 1868, as a "message received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Moore, his secretary". On July 27th, it was "Ordered, That the nomination of George H. Parker be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations... Mr. [Charles] Sumner, from the Committee on Foreign Relations...reported favorably thereon...The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider the nominations of Alfred T. Lacy, Charles W. Champlin, James C. Shea, Wm. Aiken, George H. Parker, Henry C. Hunt, George W. Summers, Thomas C. Allen, and John Whelan; and Ordered, That the said nominations lie on the table." On August 3, 1867, William T. Coggeshall, U.S. Minister Resident to Ecuador since September 20, 1866, died in Guapolo, Ecuador. On February 21, 1868, President Johnson nominated James R. Hubbell of Ohio to succeed him, but his nomination was rejected by the U.S. Senate. Then, this nomination of GEORGE H. PARKER and eight other appointments were ordered to "lie on the table" which effectively killed them. On January 28, 1869, Johnson nominated Shelah Waters of Tennessee but Waters' nomination was also referred to committee. It was not until Grant became President that the United States finally sent a Minister to Ecuador, David A. Nunn of Tennessee. President ANDREW JOHNSON had been impeached earlier in 1868. He was accused of usurpation of the law, corrupt use of the veto power, interference at elections and misdemeanors. On May 16, 1868, Johnson was found not guilty on all charges by a vote of 35 guilty, 19 not guilty, just one vote short of the two-thirds (36) necessary for removal from office. For the remaining ten months of his term, very few of his nominations were confirmed by the Senate. Official messages of the President to the U.S. Senate rarely appear on the market. Creased. Horizontal folds had separated and were reattached by inexpert tape (remnants at left, right and lower blank margins) and then by inlaying. Lightly soiled in blank areas. Torn edges repaired by inlaying with a ½x1/8-inch portion missing at left edge. Verso shows tape repairs at blank folds, is creased and soiled. Docketed at center panel, pencil notes, unknown hand at left panel.

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