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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Susan Decatur

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00105 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 January 1832 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Responding to Decatur's letter, Adams will find it "highly gratifying" if he is able to aid Decatur in advancing her claim currently before Congress. Decatur was attempting to secure a pension for service rendered by her husband, Commodore Stephen Decatur, who died in a duel in 1820.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Decatur, Susan, 1776-1860.
Decatur, Stephen, 1779-1820.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President, Duel, Pension Marriage, Women's History, Navy, Congress, Finance, Soldier's Pay

Sub Era: Age of Jackson