George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 7 June 1794

To the United States Senate

United States 7. June 1794.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

I nominate Amos Marsh, to be Attorney for the United States in the District of Vermont,1 vice Stephen Jacobs, resigned;

Jabez G: Fitch, to be marshal of the District of Vermont; vice Lewis R. Morris, resigned, and

Alexander Duvernet, to be Vice-Consul for the United States at Paris.2

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, Third Congress, 1793-95, Senate Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

On this date, Secretary of State Edmund Randolph wrote to GW’s secretary Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.: "Mr Dandridge will be so good, as to inform the President, that the District attorney of Vermont has resigned, as well as the Marshall. I will go out and seek a proper successor from the gentlemen of that State; and inform him; that the nominations of both may go in at the same time" (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

The Senate confirmed these nominations on 9 June (Senate Executive Journal, 162).

1Amos Marsh (1764-1811), a graduate of Princeton, resigned his post as district attorney in 1796. He represented Vergennes in the Vermont House of Representatives, 1796-1801, 1803, serving as speaker, 1799-1801.

2Alexander Duvernet was superseded as vice-consul by a new appointment on 21 Nov. because he had "loitered" in the United States "so long, without a suspicion being entertained of his default" (Edmund Randolph to James Monroe, 2 Dec., DNA: RG 59: Diplomatic and Consular Instructions).

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