Rare Autograph Letter Signed by Ulysses S. Grant to Attorney General Edwards Pierrepont
Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed.
Grant, Ulysses S.$2,800.00
Item Number: 101208
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant as President. Addressed to the Attorney General of the United States Edwards Pierrepont the letter reads, “Elizabeth, N.J. Sept. 2nd 1876 Dear Judge, While in Utica Judge Hunt spoke to me of the importance of appointing a member to Judge Woodruff at as early as a day as practicable on account of the great amount of business before the court. I do not know of any lawyer in the circuit to whom to tender the position when it should be Senator Edmunds and he I should dislike to see leave the Senate. But you are well acquainted with the Bar in that circuit and its wants, and can no doubt suggest the right man for the place. If you will send me a commission therefore to St. Louis so as to reach me there between the 24th and 28th either filled up of the name blank, with suggestions as to the best man I will sign and return it. Very truly your humble servant U.S. Grant.” Grant appointed Pierrepont Attorney General of the United States on April 26, 1875. When he assumed the office, Pierrepont immediately implemented overdue reform in the South’s U.S. Marshal and U.S. Attorney departments including extensive investigations into the conduct of the U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals, exposing fraud and corruption. Double matted and framed with a carte de visite of Grant. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 21.75 inches by 15.75 inches.
Prior to serving as the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant served as the Commanding General of the United States Army and led the Union to victory over the Confederacy under the supervision of President Abraham Lincoln. Elected president in 1868, Grant stabilized the post-war national economy, created the Department of Justice, and led the Republicans in their efforts to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism, racism, and slavery. The presidential administration, including the cabinet, of Ulysses S. Grant was fraught with scandal and corruption, following the Black Friday gold panic in 1869, scandals were discovered in seven federal departments including the Treasury, Interior, and State. Known to run his cabinet in an unprecedented military style, Grant often pardoned whose accused and convicted of government crimes, nepotism became prevalent in his appointments with over 40 family members appointed by him to the United States government throughout his two terms.