George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 19 November 1792

To the United States Senate

United States [Philadelphia]
November 19th 1792

Gentlemen of the Senate

The following appointments have been made in the Army of the United States, during the recess of the Senate; and I now nominate the following persons to fill the Offices annexed to their names respectively.1

Artillery Peter L. Van Alen to be Lieutenant; vice [Dirck] Schuyler, resigned; to take rank from 6th Septr 1792.2
Infantry Alexander Gibson to be Captain vice William Lewis declined.
Howell Lewis3 to be Captain vice [Hugh] Caperton declined.
William Preston4 to be Captain vice [William] Lowder declined.
John Cummin[g]s to be Captain vice [William] Powers declined.
Jonathan Taylor to be Ensign vice [Baker] Davidson declined.
Andrew Shanklin to be Ensign vice [James] Hawkins declined.5

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1Earlier on this date Henry Knox sent GW a list containing these nominations (DLC:GW).

2For events leading to Dirck Schuyler’s resignation and Peter L. Van Alen’s appointment, see Knox to GW, 28 Aug. 1792, and note 3.

3This nominee was probably Howell Lewis (b. 1759) of Goochland County, Va. (see Sorley, Lewis of Warner Hall, description begins Merrow Egerton Sorley, comp. Lewis of Warner Hall: The History of a Family . . .. 1935. Reprint. Baltimore, 1979. description ends 445–47, 483–84).

4William Preston requested such an appointment in his letter to GW of 10 May 1792.

5The Senate approved these nominations on 21 Nov. 1792 (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 1:126), and on that date Tobias Lear sent Knox notification of the Senate’s confirmations (DLC:GW).

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