RICHARD W. THOMPSON - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 04/30/1878 CO-SIGNED BY: REAR ADMIRAL C. R. P. RODGERS - HFSID 17388
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RICHARD W. THOMPSON and C.R.P. RODGERS
A manuscript letter signed by the Indiana Congressman and by the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Squadron
Manuscript Letter Signed: "R.W. Thompson" as Hayes' Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 7¾x10. Washington, 1878 April 30. To Mr. M. Jackson, Late Cadet Midshipman, Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. In full: "Your resignation as a Cadet-Midshipman in the Navy of the United States tendered in your letter of the 26 instant is hereby accepted." Also signed: "C.R.P. Rodgers", Rear Admiral, as Superintendent of the Naval Academy, dated May 1, 1878, as receiving and forwarding this letter. RICHARD WIGGINGTON THOMPSON served as a Whig representing Indiana in Congress (1841-1843, 1847-1849) and as Hayes' Secretary of the Navy (1877-1880). He declined three presidential appointments: U.S. Minister to Austria (Taylor), Recorder of the General Land Office (Fillmore) and Judge of the Court of Claims (Lincoln). He had formerly been Commander of Camp Thompson, Indiana and a Provost Marshal (1861-1865). C. R. P. RODGERS (1819-1892), nephew of Oliver H. and Matthew Perry and John Rodgers, served in the Seminole, Mexican and Civil Wars. He was Superintendent at Annapolis from 1874-1878, when he was made Commander in Chief of the Pacific Squadron, serving until 1880. Heavily creased. Toned. Lightly soiled. Normal mailing folds. Corners lightly worn and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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