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From James Madison to Samuel Huntington (Abstract), 22 March 1805

§ To Samuel Huntington1

22 March 1805, Department of State. “The President of the United States being desirous of availing the public of your services as a Judge of the Territory of Michigan, I have the pleasure to inclose your Commission.”

RC (http://rrauction.com, Catalogue 242, item 114, October 2000); letterbook copy of enclosure (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Permanent and Temporary Presidential Commissions). RC 1 p.; in a clerk’s hand, signed by JM.

1Samuel Huntington (1765–1817), the nephew and adopted son of Declaration of Indepen dence signer Samuel Huntington, was born in Connecticut, studied at Dartmouth College, graduated from Yale, and later studied law. In 1800 he moved to Ohio, where he spent the rest of his life, serving in the state senate, on the state supreme court, and as governor from 1808 to 1810. He declined this appointment to Michigan (Carter, Territorial Papers, Michigan, 10:12 n. 19).

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