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Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858) to Robert Todd Lytle, Henry Hubbard, Ratliff Boon, and Henry A. P. Muhlenberg

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02448.01 Author/Creator: Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 January 1835 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Benton, a United States Senator from Missouri, writes to Congressmen Lytle, Hubbard, Boon, and Muhlenberg. Transmits a letter declining the nomination of the Mississippi State Convention for Vice Presidency of the United States. Remarks that the copy is for newspaper publication. Date is obscured by text loss, and is estimated based on content.

People: Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858.
Lytle, Robert Todd, 1804-1839.
Hubbard, Henry, 1784-1857.
Muhlenberg, Henry Augustus Philip, 1782-1844.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, Election, Politics, Journalism, Democratic Party, Congress

Sub Era: Age of Jackson