Leonidas Polk



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A letter of recommendation for Andrew Wallace Hunter from Leonidas Polk for the position of midshipman within the Navy. Polk mentions that Hunter is of "more than ordinary worth" and that he has also been recommended by Senator Berrien of Georgia. Dated May 11th, 1848.


Leonidas Polk Alexa. May 11, 1848 My dear Sir, I beg leave to call your attention to the claims of Mr. Andrew Wallace Hunter, late of Georgia now of Louisiana, who desires an appointment as Mid Shipman in the Navy. Mr. W. is the Son of an humble Citizen living near me & is I have reason to believe a young man of more than ordinary worth. His application for the appointment in question has been filed with the Navy Department since the period of the Bancrofts administration. & he has been recommended by Senator Berien of Geo: to who he was Known. I am confident the office could not be given to a more worthy applicant & one whose present promise bids fair for more usefulness to the Country, & I Should be much gratified if he Could receive the Appointment. I remain Very Respectfully Your Ob Srvt Leonidas Polk

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Andrew Wallace Hunter, Leonidas Polk, midshipman, Navy, Berrien, senator, recommendation, Georgia, Louisiana, Alexandria, Virginia, 11 May 1848, 1848

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April 2014

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Military History | Social History | United States History

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Letter of recommendation for Andrew Wallace Hunter written by Leonidas Polk . May 11, 1848.



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