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Tyler, John (1790-1862) [Appointment of James Madison Porter, Secretary of War]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02774 Author/Creator: Tyler, John (1790-1862) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 8 March 1843 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.3 x 40.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Appoints James Madison Porter Secretary of War with the following certificate: "Know Ye: That reposing special trust and confidence in the Patriotism, Integrity and Abilities of James Madison Porter, of Pennsylvania, I do appoint him Secretary for the Department of War of the United States and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfil [sic] the duties of that Office according to law and to have and to hold the said Office with all the powers, privileges and emoluments thereunto of rights appertaining, unto him, the said James Madison Porter, during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being and until the end of the next session of the Senate of the United States and no longer." On verso, Porter swears to "support the Constitution of the United States" and "well and faithfully execute the trust commended to me." With a white presidential seal on lower left. Signed by John Tyler as President and countersigned by Daniel Webster as Secretary of State. Signed by Porter countersigned by Associate Justice Henry Baldwin, swearing him in.

Background Information: James Madison Porter (1793-1862) served as Secretary of War under President John Tyler during 1843-1844.

People: Porter, James Madison, 1793-1862
Tyler, John, 1790-1862
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852
Baldwin, Henry, 1780-1844

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentGovernment and CivicsMilitary HistoryVice President

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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