George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the U.S. Senate, 3 March 1796

To the United States Senate

United States March the 3d 1796.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

I nominate Oliver Elsworth, of Connecticut, to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; vice William Cushing, resigned.1

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, entry 52; copy, DLC:GW.

1The Senate approved this nomination on 4 March (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 203–4).

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