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Continental Congress Nomination as Minister to France, 9 December 1780

Continental Congress
Nomination as Minister to France1

Philadelphia, December 9, 1780. On this date John Sullivan2 nominated Hamilton “for the office of minister to the Court of Versailles.”3

JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937; Reprinted, New York, 1968). description ends , XVIII, 1138.

1For background to this document, see Marquis de Lafayette to H, December 9, 1780, note 7 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , II, 518–21).

2Sullivan, a resident of New Hampshire, was appointed a brigadier general in the Continential Army on June 22, 1775, and was promoted to major general on August 9, 1776. He resigned his commission on November 30, 1779, and in 1780 he was a delegate to Congress.

3The other nominees were John Laurens, Alexander McDougall, and Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., of Connecticut (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937; Reprinted, New York, 1968). description ends , XVIII, 1138). On December 11, 1780, Congress elected Laurens to be Minister to France (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937; Reprinted, New York, 1968). description ends , XVIII, 1141).

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