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Candidates for Army Appointments from Kentucky, [November–December 1798]

Candidates for Army Appointments
from Kentucky1

[Philadelphia, November–December, 1798]

Subalterns
3 John Jamison Lt or Ensign
Frankfort
William Murray3
Lewis2 recommends in general terms Inquire
Isaac E Gano4
Thomas Tunstall5
constitution & firmly attached to Govern Sobriety courage & Gentlemanlike behaviour
Thomas Love6
Thomas Todd,7 John M Scott,8 Willis Lee,9 Daniel Wisiger,10 Otho Beatty,11 Robert Alexander12
4 Fleming Woodridge Lewis & Fowler13 recomd him
Paris
6 John Gerrard General Scot14 Young fellow of merit will do honor to service
 
7 Charles Kilgoar General Scot young fellow of merit will do honor
10 James Warren
Danville
Greenup15 Lt pretty strong general terms
Davis16 good parentage & character
11 Thomas Eastland
Danville
Greenup Ensign pretty strong general terms
Davis—good parentage & character
Lt
13 Willis Morgan
21 years
H Marshall17—Young man of military ardor—promised to make wishes known in consideration of merit pretty well educated moral good politics Attention
14 John Morgan
19
Ensn
H Marshall as above
Attn
15 Elijah Johnson
Lexington
Divers was sergeant Major under Way Ensign
Lewis &
other Officers
Bodley18
} speak well
Captains
1 William Dangerfield Cap of Horse
Lexington
between 20 & 30
H Marshall—has been Lt. of a troop of horse respectable family good education fair character & talents
Heath
2 John W Johnson unfit
 
8 John Grant
Nelson
Divers Militia Officers { youth of strict probity doubt not he will do hon
his letter very bad
wont do
9 William Owings
Owens
Greenup pretty strong general terms
Danville Davis good parentage & character
138 Robert Bell
Hartford
his own letter well written
Harpur19 Inquire
12 Thomas Bodley
Lexington
Capt in Provisional Army
says he is a good fœderalist
Ensign in army under Wayne
probably Fœderalist
M Ghord } officers strong
T Lewis
R B Lee20
16 Jesse Ewell
Mason
good fœderalist & clever man
good connection
will accept Lieutenancy
1
Jesse Ewell
Major }
Lexington
Danville
Hartford   Qr if of Kentucky
apply for Captaincey
William Dangerfield
William Owens
Robert Bell
John Jameson Frankfort
Fleming Woodbridge Paris
John Gerrard
Charles Kilgoar
James Warren Danville
Thomas Eastland Danville
Willis Morgan
John Morgan
Elijah Johnson Lexington

AD, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1In this list of recommendations for Army appointments, those recommended have not been identified. Wherever possible, however, the individuals making the recommendations have been identified.

H prepared this list, which is undated, with George Washington and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney during their meetings in Philadelphia.

2Thomas Lewis of Fayette County had been a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1792.

3Murray, a lawyer, represented Franklin County in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1798.

4In 1795 Gano was the tax collector for Franklin County.

5Colonel Tunstall, a native of Virginia, was a veteran of the American Revolution. After the war he moved to Frankfort, Kentucky.

6Love was a resident of Frankfort, Kentucky.

7Todd, a lawyer and a Republican, was clerk of the Kentucky Court of appeals from 1792 to 1801.

8Scott was a resident of Frankfort, Kentucky.

9In 1796 Lee was a justice of the peace in Franklin County.

10Weisiger was one of the first settlers of Frankfort, Kentucky. In 1794 he was postmaster at Frankfort, and in 1796 he was clerk of Franklin County.

11Beatty represented Franklin County in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1800.

12From 1795 to 1802 Alexander represented Woodford County in the Kentucky Senate.

13See John Skey Eustace to H, November 20, 1798, note 12.

14Brigadier General Charles Scott served in the American Revolution and in the expeditions against the Indians led by Josiah Harmar, Arthur St. Clair, and Anthony Wayne.

15Christopher Greenup, a veteran of the American Revolution and a lawyer, was a Kentucky member of the House of Representatives from 1792 to 1797.

16Thomas Davis, a lawyer, represented Mercer County in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1795 to 1797. In 1797 he became a member of the United States House of Representatives, and he served in that capacity until 1803.

17Humphrey Marshall, a veteran of the American Revolution and a lawyer, represented Kentucky in the United States Senate from 1795 to 1801.

18Thomas Bodley was a resident of Fayette County. In 1793 he was clerk of the Kentucky Democratic Society.

19Robert Goodloe Harper was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from 1795 to 1801.

20Richard Bland Lee represented Virginia in the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1795.

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