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Andrew Jackson
President Andrew Jackson Instructs His Secretary of the Treasury to Select Someone to Serve as Collector of the Port of New London He washes his hands of the apparently contentious matter, telling the Secretary the subject is for “your consideration & decision.”
26/09/1829. Alexander Hamilton’s plan to fund the federal government relied for revenue on the collection of customs duties at major ports around the country. The position of Collector - supervisor of incoming revenues - at each port was thus of major importance, and notable men generally received the appointments in the early years of the republic. General Jedidiah Huntington, for example, was named Collector of the Port of New London in Connecticut. And as the posts were powerful and remunerative, there was intense jockeying for them by applicants, as well as by those wanting a friendly voice installed as Collector for their local port.The Eldridge family was prominent in early New London, and the Eldridge spoken of in the following letter was likely merchant William Eldridge, who as a merchant would have need of a friend in the New London customs house. Captain Richard Law had been Collector at that port for eight years, but as an appointee of the other party he was to be replaced by someone chosen by the incoming Jackson administration.Andrew Jackson’s first Secretary of the Treasury was Samuel D. Ingham, and Eldridge approached him to lobby for a candidate to take Law’s place. The Treasury Department is located at 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue. During Jackson’s presidency, at the corner of 12th street and Pennsylvania was David Appler's Tavern. It seems that mail addressed to Ingham on the subject of this collector’s post was mis-delivered to Appler’s Tavern, and those days being rather informal, Appler simply went over to see President Jackson to ask him to ha … [Click Below for Full Description]
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