George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Oliver Ellsworth, 2 February 1790

From Oliver Ellsworth

[2 February 1790]


Should you think proper to nominate a person from the State of Connecticut to the office of a Judge in the Western Territory in the room of General Parsons,1 permit me to name for your consideration Majr William Judd;2 of whom you probably have some knowledge from his having had the honor of serving in the late American Army. The appointment would be acceptable to him, and I beleive his services would be satisfactory to the Publick. He was liberally educated and regularly bred to the profession of the law, in which he has had the advantage of near twenty years practice. He is respectable in his profession, of a fair moral character, and active in his zeal for the honor and interest of the United States.3


1Samuel Holden Parsons drowned in the fall of 1789. See Winthrop Sargent to GW, 27 Nov. 1789.

2William Judd (1743–1804) served in the Connecticut militia in 1775 and as captain in the 3d Connecticut Regiment from 1777 to 1781. He received no federal appointment.

3The sender’s name and the date of this note were supplied by a contemporary endorsement on its cover.

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