James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Robert Patterson, 2 July 1805 (Abstract)

To Robert Patterson, 2 July 1805 (Abstract)

§ To Robert Patterson.1 2 July 1805, Department of State. “The President of the United States being desirous of availing the public of your services as Director of the Mint of the United States, I have the pleasure to inclose your Commission.“

RC (PPAmP). 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM.

1Scotch-Irish Revolutionary War veteran Robert Patterson (1743–1824) was named professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1779, a position he held until 1814 while also serving as director of the Mint. He was a member and, after 1819, president of the American Philosophical Society. He remained director of the Mint until shortly before his death. His son, Robert M. Patterson, who had previously filled the university position left vacant by his father’s resignation, was also director of the Mint from 1835 to 1851 (George Greenlief Evans, ed., Illustrated History of the United States Mint with Short Historical Sketches and Illustrations of the Branch Mints and Assay Offices, and a Complete Description of American Coinage… [Philadelphia, 1898], 84–85).

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