Andrew Jackson Document Signed as president. One vellum page partially printed, 14.25" x 18.25", April 20, 1833, Washington, countersigned by Acting Secretary of the Navy John Boyle (signing for Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury. This document appoints George Jones as "Chaplain in the Navy". Engraved with patriotic and martial vignettes and affixed with a blind embossed U.S. Navy paper seal. The document has a pattern of perforations throughout, possibly to avoid alteration of the document. Age toned; fine.

    The Chaplain Corps began in November 1775, with Reverend Benjamin Balch being the first chaplain appointed during the Revolutionary War. By the turn of the century there were six chaplains serving in the navy. The 1802 Naval Regulations included the following as chaplain duties: " He is to read prayers at stated periods; perform all funeral ceremonies; perform the duty of schoolmaster instructing the midshipmen and volunteers in writing, arithmetic, navigation and whatever else they might need to make them proficient; and teach the other youths of the ship as the captain orders." Six years after being appointed chaplain by President Jackson, George Jones began working to establish a naval academy. His work bore fruit in 1845 with the establishment of the Naval School at Annapolis (later called the U.S. Naval Academy).

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