Andrew Jackson Naval Appointment Signed as president. One partially printed page, on vellum, 14.75" x 18.25", Washington, January 4, 1834, appointing "...George Jones...with the advice and consent of the Senate...a Chaplain in the the Service of the United States..." With beautiful engraved military and patriotic vignettes and countersigned by Levi Woodbury as secretary of the navy. Blind embossed paper seal of the Department of the Navy at center. Light spots of toning at the folds and edges; soiling at lower edge.

    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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