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    William H. Harrison Autograph Letter Signed "W. H. Harrison" to Secretary of the Navy Smith Thompson. One page, 8.25" x 12.75", North Bend, Ohio, January 1, 1823. In this letter, Harrison asks the secretary under President James Monroe for the appointment of "another young Ohioian" to be midshipman in the U.S. navy. In full: "Sir/ I have again to solicit the appointment of midshipman in our navy for another young Ohioian. Mr. Henry Emlong a young gentleman who has resided some years in Cincinnati will make a personal application to you having taken his transportation for Washington Via New Orleans for the purpose. He is about nineteen years of age has had a good English Education & has been four years employed in a large Mercantile Establishment in Cincinnati. In this situation he has given satisfaction to his Employer & by his general good conduct obtained the friendship of many of the most respectable citizens of that City. His being an orphan [?] I am persuaded gives him strong claims to your patronage." Harrison ran for governor of Ohio in 1820, but was defeated. He was elected to the U.S. senate in 1824, after this letter was written. He served until 1828. He was later elected president and served from March 4, 1841, till April 4, 1841, (thirty days) the shortest term of any president, likely a victim of the common cold. Docketed on verso. Slightly age-toned with taped repairs on verso and some tape residue at the top of recto.

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