George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the U.S. Senate, 10 February 1795

To the United States Senate

United States Feby 10th 1795.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

I nominate John Pickering to be District Judge of New Hampshire; vice John Sullivan, deceased, and

Benjamin Woods, to be Attorney for the United States in the District of North Carolina; vice William Hill, resigned.1

Go. Washington.


The Senate confirmed these nominations on 11 Feb. (Senate 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 , 172).

On this date Samuel A. Otis wrote to GW’s secretary Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.: “There is a standing order of Senate that their Secretary transmit a copy of their Records to the President of the United States, the Book in which this has been usually done is in your office. If this book may be obtained I will have the copy brought up” (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

1Benjamin Woods (d. 1808), a New Bern lawyer, was recommended for this post in letters from John Haywood to North Carolina senators Alexander Martin and Benjamin Hawkins; John Leigh (speaker of the North Carolina House) to Martin; and Thomas Blount (at the request of William R. Davie) to Edmund Randolph (all DLC:GW). He served as U.S. district attorney for North Carolina until his death.

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