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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) to Susan Decatur

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00762 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 June 1831 Pagination: 4 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Rejects her request and dismisses her complaints firmly but politely. Decatur had asked the President to install an acquaintance of hers in a governmental position. He refuses to do so, saying he needs the best man to do the job.

Background Information: Susan Decatur was the widow of Stephen Decatur, a naval hero of the War of 1812 and friend of Jackson's.

Full Transcript: "it is very mortifying you know, for old & [competent] clerks to be [overstand?] by placing young & inexperienced Gentlemen over them, however talented they may be."

People: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Decatur, Susan, 1776-1860

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Office SeekerWomen's HistoryPresidentGovernment and CivicsNavy

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