James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Robert Wickliffe, 2 June 1811 (Abstract)

§ From Robert Wickliffe1

2 June 1811, Lexington, Kentucky. States that the present marshal for Kentucky has decided to resign. Recommends as his successor the marshal’s son, Robert Crockett, who “is in the prime of life and possesses fine talents.” The younger Crockett served as a deputy under his father and is familiar with the laws of the state. His appointment would be widely approved.2

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Crockett”). 1 p.

1Robert Wickliffe (1775–1859) was a prominent Kentucky lawyer. He occasionally represented Fayette County in the Kentucky House of Representatives (Lewis Collins, Collins’ Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky … [rev. ed.; 2 vols.; Covington, Ky., 1878], 2:200–201).

2JM gave Robert Crockett an interim appointment as U.S. marshal for Kentucky and sent his nomination to the Senate for confirmation on 13 Nov. 1811 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:187).

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