George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 18 August 1789

To the United States Senate

New York August 18th 1789

Gentlemen of the Senate,

In conformity to the Law re-establishing the Government of the Western Territory,1 I nominate

Arthur St Clair Governor.
Winthrop Sargent Secretary.
Samuel Holden Parsons, }
John Cleve Symmes and Judges of the Court.
William Barton

I also nominate Ebenezer Tucker, Surveyor of Little Egg Harbour in the State of New Jersey.

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

This message was delivered to the Senate by Tobias Lear. The Senate agreed to the nominations on 20 Aug. (DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 2:27, 28).

1“An Act to provide for the Government of the Territory Northwest of the river Ohio” (1 Stat. description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 50–53 [7 Aug. 1789]).

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