Alexander Hamilton’s Nomination by
George Washington for the Office of
Secretary of the Treasury
of the United States
New York, September 11, 1789. On this date Washington submitted to the Senate the following nominations for the Treasury Department:
“Alexander Hamilton (of New York) Secretary.1
Nicholas Eveleigh (of So. Carolina) Comptroller.2
Samuel Meredith (of Pensylvania) Treasurer.3
Oliver Wolcott Junr: (of Connecticut) Auditor.4
Joseph Nourse (in Office) Register.”5
LS, RG 46, First Congress, 1789–1791, Executive Nominations, National Archives.
1. H’s appointment was approved by the Senate on the same day it was submitted by Washington (Executive Journal description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828). description ends , I, 25).
2. Eveleigh had served in the Revolutionary War as deputy adjutant general for South Carolina and Georgia; he resigned on August 24, 1778. In 1781 he was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He served in the Continental Congress in 1781 and 1782. Eveleigh, whose appointment as comptroller was confirmed on September 11, 1789, served until his death in 1791.
3. During the Revolution Meredith served as a brigadier general of the Pennsylvania Militia until his resignation in 1778. He was a member of the Continental Congress in 1787 and 1788. On August 1, 1789, he was appointed surveyor of the port of Philadelphia. Meredith’s appointment as treasurer of the United States was approved on September 11, 1789, and he served in this capacity until his resignation on December 1, 1807.
4. Oliver Wolcott, Jr., was the son of Oliver Wolcott, Connecticut jurist and governor. Wolcott served during the Revolution in the quartermaster department. In 1781 he was admitted to the bar and in 1788 was appointed comptroller of public accounts in Connecticut. His appointment as auditor was approved by the Senate on September 12, 1789. Wolcott served in this capacity until 1791 when he was appointed comptroller of the treasury to replace Eveleigh.
5. Nourse, a resident of Virginia, had been register since 1781. His appointment under the new government was approved on September 12, 1789. He served in that capacity until he retired in 1829.