George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 8 May 1792

To the United States Senate

United States [Philadelphia]
May the 8th 1792.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

I nominate Tench Coxe,1 of Pennsylvania, to be Commissioner of the Revenue—Joseph Howell, of Pennsylvania, to be Accountant to the Department of War—and Caleb Swan, of Massachusetts to be Paymaster of the Troops, to reside with the Army.2

Go: Washington

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

1Tench Coxe (1755–1824) of Pennsylvania served as commissioner to the Federal Convention at Annapolis in 1786, a member of the Continental Congress in 1789, assistant secretary of the treasury from 1789 until the abolition of that post on 8 May 1792, commissioner of the revenue 1792–97, and purveyor of public supplies 1803–12.

2The Senate consented to the appointment of Coxe, Howell, and Swan that same day (see 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 1:124).

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