George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 14 March 1792

To the United States Senate

United States [Philadelphia] 14th March 1792.

Appointments for twelve companies of Infantry.

Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns.
Vermont. William Eaton James Underhill Charles Hyde
New York Isaac Guion Robert Cochran1 Nanning I. Vischer.
New Jersey ✻Zebulon Pike ✻John Read ✻John Polhemus.
Pennsylvania ✻Jacob Slough ✻Robert Thompson ✻John Paine2
Delaware James Wells ✻Maxwell Bines (Pennsylva) ✻William Diven (Pennsylvania.)
Maryland ✻Henry Carberry ✻Benjamin Price Campbell Smith.
✻William Buchannen ✻Henry DeButts ✻William Pitt Gassaway.
✻William Lewis ✻Joseph Gough Charles Wright.
Virginia ✻Nicholas Hannah. ✻William McRea3 ✻Aaron Gregg.
✻Joseph Brock ✻Henry B. Towles ✻Peter Grayson.
John Heth Samuel Tinsley Peter Marks
North Carolina Joseph Kerr4 Thoms E. Sumner Samuel Davidson.

Gentlemen of the Senate.

I nominate the above-named persons for the commissioned officers of twelve companies—This nomination will complete the company officers of the additional troops, according to the arrangement which will hereafter be made, in pursuance of the powers vested in me by law.5

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DS, DNA: RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

A note at the end of the list reads: “Those marked with ✻ served with reputation in the levies last year.”

1Cochran’s given name was actually Samuel (see GW to the U.S. Senate, 8 May [second letter]).

2John Paine resigned his ensign’s commission in October 1792. He served as a brigadier general of Kentucky volunteers in 1812–13.

3William MacRea (McRea; d. 1832), who had served as a lieutenant in the levies of 1791, was promoted to captain in October 1794, and he was honorably discharged from the army in November 1796. MacRea returned to the service as a captain in June 1798. He was promoted to major in July 1800, lieutenant colonel in April 1814, and colonel in April 1824.

4GW inserted this name in his own writing.

5The Senate received GW’s message from Tobias Lear on this date, read it, and ordered it to lie for consideration. The next day consideration of the nominations was again postponed. On 16 Mar. the Senate resolved to advise and consent to the appointments and ordered that the president be so informed (Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 1:114–16). Tobias Lear notified Henry Knox of the Senate’s concurrence on 17 Mar. 1792 (DLC:GW).

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