DescriptionGeorge Washington appoints the first U.S. Marshal for Virginia.
George Washington (1732-1799) President and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, Letter Signed, Go: Washington" as President, one page, 8" x 13", [New York], September 30, 1789. In the first months of his administration, Washington informs Edward Carrington about his appointment as United States Marshal. He writes in full: "Sir, I have the pleasure to inform you that you are appointed Marshal of the District of Virginia and your commission is enclosed [no longer present], accompanied with such Laws as have passed relative to the Judicial Department of the United States. -- The high importance of the Judicial System in our National government, made it an indispensable duty to select such characters to fill the several offices in it as would discharge their trusts with honor to themselves and advantage to their country. -- I am Sir, Your Most Obedient Servant Go: Washington." Washington commissioned thirteen men to serve as United States Marshals on September 26, 1789 including such luminaries as Henry Dearborn, Isaac Huger, Clement Biddle, and Robert Forsyth. Edward Carrington (1743-1810) was a friend and confidant of Washington. During the Revolution he served in the artillery and then as a quartermaster. He served as Marshal for the District of Virginia for two years before Washington appointed him Commissioner for distilled spirits in Virginia. John Adams appointed Carrington to command the provisional army raised during the quasi-war with France. Congress established the U.S. Marshal service as a means of enforcing federal laws in the states. To this end, Washington appointed natives of each district who enjoyed the trust of the local population. Light folds some of which are repaired with archival tape on verso, light toning with a few very minor marginal chips, otherwise quite bright and clean and in fine condition. Beautifully housed in a green leather slipcase with gilt titling. Early appointments of this magnitude from the first days of the Washington presidency are highly prized -- this is one of the best to remain in private hands. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.
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