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Sargent, Winthrop (1753-1820) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04092 Author/Creator: Sargent, Winthrop (1753-1820) Place Written: Marietta, Ohio Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 January 1789 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 30.2 x 19.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that the death of a prominent judge will leave an opening for General [Rufus] Putnam and Mr. [possibly Manasseh] Cutler as candidates for office in the region. Comments that both men are high in his estimation and their merits entitle them to the consideration of Congress, but believes that due to past measures, it may be hard to elect either one. Believes that General Putnam may have the best chance for success due to his military connections. If he gets promoted, Cutler would be well suited to take the Judgeship that Putnam currently occupies. Writes to advise Knox, as he knows Knox has much influence with Congress.

People: Sargent, Winthrop, 1753-1820
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Putnam, Rufus, 1738-1824
Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Frontiers and ExplorationRevolutionary War GeneralNorthwest TerritoryDeathGovernment and CivicsJudiciaryPoliticsCongressElectionMilitary HistoryLetter of Introduction or Recommendation

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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