George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 6 August 1789

To the United States Senate

New York August 6 1789.

Gentlemen of the Senate.

By the act for settling the accounts between the United States and individual States, a person is to be appointed to fill the vacant seat at the Board of Commissioners for settling the accounts between the United States and individual States; I therefore nominate John Kean, of the State of So. Carolina to fill the vacant seat at the said Board of Commissioners.1

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LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW. This message was delivered to the Senate by Tobias Lear (DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 2:24,25–26).

1For the commissioners to settle state accounts, see Robert Barnwell to GW, 27 April 1789, n.1. GW appointed John Kean (c.1756–1795), a Charleston, S.C., merchant, to fill the vacancy left by Abraham Baldwin’s election to Congress. See Baldwin to GW, 30 April 1789, and GW’s reply, 7 May 1789. The Senate concurred in Kean’s appointment on 7 Aug. 1789 (DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 2:25–26).

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