George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 7 June 1790

To the United States Senate

United States [New York] June 7th 1790

Gentlemen of the Senate,

In pursuance of the law lately passed for giving effect to an Act entitled “An Act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States,” within the State of North Carolina—I nominate the following persons to fill the Judicial Offices in that district.1 viz.

William R. Davie to be Judge—
John Sitgreaves to be Attorney—and
John Skinner to be Marshall of the district of North Carolina.

I likewise nominate the following persons to fill offices established by law within the Territory of the United States south of the River Ohio. viz.

William Blount to be Governor—
David Campbell &
John McNairy to be Judges—and
Daniel Smith to be Secretary of the Territory of the United States south of the River Ohio.


LS, DNA: R6 46, First Congress, 1789–91, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

1Nominations for these judicial offices were made on the basis of the recommendations of the four members of the House of Representatives from North Carolina then present in New York—John B. Ashe, Timothy Bloodworth, John Steele, and Hugh Williamson—and those of Benjamin Hawkins, senator from North Carolina, and John Brown, representative from the Kentucky district of Virginia. (see Hugh Williamson to GW, 28 May, John Steele to GW, 4 June). Jefferson compiled these recommendations in a single memorandum to GW, from which final selections were apparently made (see Memorandum of Thomas Jefferson, c.7 June).

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