George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the U.S. Senate, 25 February 1795

To the United States Senate

United States
February 25. 1795.

Gentlemen of the Senate.

I nominate the following persons for promotions and appointments in the Army of the United States.

Corps of Artillerists and Engineers
Stephen Rochefontaine Lieutenant Colonel Commandt
Lewis Tousard Major
John Jacob Ulrick Rivardi ditto
Constant Freeman junior Massachusetts ditto
Abimael Youngs Nicol   Captain 29th Novem. 1794 vice Taylor resigned
Staats Morris   ditto vice Williamson declined1
John M. Lovell Massachusetts Lieutenant to fill a vacancy occasioned
by an original appointmt
Peter Talman New Jersey ditto vice Grayson deceased
Joseph Guimpe   ditto vice Carter deceased
John Saunders Virginia ditto vice Coleman declined
Nathaniel Cudworth Massachusetts ditto vice Nicoll promoted
Thomas Underwood Virginia ditto vice Smith resigned
First Sub Legion2
Bezaleel Howe Major 20th October 1794 vice Hughes resigned
Ferdinand Leigh Claiborne. Lieutenant 30 June vice Gaines promoted
John Breck ditto ditto vice Shomberg ditto
Edmund Taylor ditto 1 July vice Wade ditto
Elijah Strong ditto 6 July vice Bird ditto
Rezin Webster ditto 11 July vice Montfort resigned
Second Sub Legion
Andrew Marschalk Captain 20th October 1794 vice Howe promoted
Howell Cobb Lieutenant vice Younghusband deceased
Joseph Campbell ditto 20th October 1794 vice Marschalk promoted
Third Sub Legion.
Levi McClean Lieutenant 30 June 1794 vice Craig killed
Fourth Sub Legion
Richard Butler Lieutenant 20 August 1794 vice Towles killed

Go: Washington

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

On 26 Feb. the Senate approved all these nominations except that of Constant Freeman, Jr., which was “postponed for further inquiry.” Freeman’s appointment was approved on 28 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 , 174).

1This appointment was necessary because the Senate had rejected GW’s earlier nomination of William Aylett Lee (GW to the U.S. Senate, 29 Dec. 1794).

2Because the nominations for the First Sub Legion failed to account for the resignation of Capt. James Clay, the issuance of commissions to the five lieutenants was suspended until GW sent revised nominations to the Senate on 12 June.

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