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PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 10/13/1873 - HFSID 5225

ULYSSES S. GRANT The President writes to his Secretary of War regarding the appointment of Mrs. Read's son. ANS: "U.S. Grant" as President, in pencil, both sides of a 3½x2¼ card. (Washington), 1873 October 13. To the Secretary of War [William W. Belknap].

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ULYSSES S. GRANT
The President writes to his Secretary of War regarding the appointment of Mrs. Read's son.
ANS: "U.S. Grant" as President, in pencil, both sides of a 3½x2¼ card. (Washington), 1873 October 13. To the Secretary of War [William W. Belknap]. In full: "Will the Sec. Of War please see Mrs. Read? I am unable to answer as to whether her son will receive an apt. (sic, appt.) under the examination already held but think he is to and should." WILLIAM WORTH BELKNAP (1829-1890) became Grant's first Secretary of War in 1869 and continued serving Grant through his two administrations until 1876, when he was involved in a political scandal. A House of Representatives committee found evidence that Belknap had indirectly received annual bribes from the trader at an Indian post and impeachment proceedings were instituted. The specific charge was that he had promised to appoint Caleb P. Marsh of New York to maintain a trading establishment at Fort Sill, Indian Territory, a military post of the United States, for money to be paid quarterly to Belknap or Belknap's wife. Impeachment was unanimously voted and Belknap resigned. At the Senate trial, the vote was 35 guilty and 25 not guilty, falling five short of the two-thirds necessary to convict. Of the 25, 22 declared that they voted "not guilty" on the ground that the Senate lacked jurisdiction because Belknap had resigned. Lightly soiled, else fine condition.

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