PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 09/07/1867 - HFSID 85665
ULYSSES S. GRANT During the period Grant served as Secretary of War ad interim, before the Senate ordered Stanton's reinstatement. Partly Printed LS: "U.S. Grant" as Secretary of War ad interim, 1p, 8x10. War Department, Washington, 1867 September 7.
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ULYSSES S. GRANT
During the period Grant served as Secretary of War ad interim, before the Senate ordered Stanton's reinstatement.
Partly Printed LS: "U.S. Grant" as Secretary of War ad interim, 1p, 8x10. War Department, Washington, 1867 September 7. On August 12, 1867, President Johnson wrote a letter to Secretary of War Stanton telling him he was "suspended from the office as Secretary of War" and ordering him to "at once transfer to General U.S. Grant, who has this day been authorized and empowered to act as Secretary of War ad interim, all records, books, papers, and other public property in your custody and charge." Three and a half weeks later, Grant writes to Brevet Major Amos Webster, U.S. Army. In full: "You are hereby informed that the President of the United States has appointed you, for faithful and meritorious services during the war, a Major, by brevet, in the service of the United States, to rank as such from the second day of March, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven. Should the Senate, at their next session, advise and consent thereto, you will be commissioned accordingly. Immediately on receipt hereof, please to communicate to this Department, through the Adjutant General of the Army, your acceptance or non-acceptance; and, with your letter of acceptance, return the Oath herewith enclosed, properly filled up, subscribed and attested, and report your age, birthplace, and the state of which you were a permanent resident." In 1864, AMOS WEBSTER had been appointed Assistant Quartermaster of the Army with the rank of Captain. On December 3, 1867, Grant proposed Webster, Fifth Regiment U.S. Cavalry, to be First Lieutenant. On January 13, 1868, the Senate declared Stanton's removal a violation of the Tenure of Office Act of March 2, 1867 (coincidentally, the date of Major Webster's rank) and ordered Stanton's reinstatement. Grant resigned. A month after being sworn in as 18th President, on April 8, 1869, Ulysses S. Grant appointed Amos Webster as Register of Wills for the District of Columbia. 1-inch separations at upper left and right margins of horizontal fold. Signature has been blotted resulting in smudging. Overall, fine condition.
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