George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Chipman, 30 July 1793

From Nathaniel Chipman

Philadelphia July 30. 1793


Permit me to recommend Mr Samuel Hitchcock, the present Attorney general of the State of Vermont, as a proper person to be appointed to the office of Judge for the district of Vermont—His character for integrity, his abilities and professional knowledge render him, in my opinion, the most competent to that office of any person who may be brought forward as a candidate.1 With the greatest respect I am, Sir, your most obedient humble Servant

Nathaniel Chipman


1In a letter to GW of 27 July 1793, Nathaniel Chipman offered his resignation as the federal judge for the District of Vermont (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; see also note 1 of Chipman to GW, 22 Feb. 1791). Samuel Hitchcock (1755–1818), a graduate of Harvard in 1777, studied and practiced law in his native Massachusetts before moving to Burlington, Vt., about 1786. In 1789 he married Lucy Caroline Allen (1768–1842), the daughter of Revolutionary War leader Ethan Allen. He was the attorney general of Vermont from 1790 until 1793 and one of the founders of the University of Vermont, for which he served as a trustee until his death. On 24 August, GW received a letter of recommendation for Hitchcock from U.S. Senator Moses Robinson of Vermont (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 230). This letter has not been found. Since Congress was not yet in session, GW signed a provisional commission for Hitchcock on 3 September. When the Third Congress convened, GW submitted Hitchcock’s nomination and the Senate approved it on 30 Dec. 1793 (GW to U.S. Senate, 27 Dec. 1793; Senate Executive Journal description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends , 143–44).

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