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Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875) [Endorsement of a runaway slave to return to Tennessee to search for his family]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08942 Author/Creator: Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph endorsement signed Date: 20 April 1865 Pagination: 3 p. ; 25.5 x 20 cm.

President Johnson, five days after taking office endorses the petition of Jermain Westley Loguen, an escaped slave and Underground Railroad conductor, to return to Tennessee to search for family members. Written on the leaf of a 31 March 1865 autograph letter signed in which Samuel May made the request of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. May's letter is also signed by C.B. Sedgewick, Sherman B. Canfield, Reverend George Whipple, and Lewis Tappan. Johnson's endorsement reads: "the within named Rev J. W. Loguen (col'd) of New York is recommended to the favorable consideration of the Civil and Military authorities of the State of Tennessee wither he goes."

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