Kendall, Amos (ON HOLD)


1830 LS of Jackson kitchen cabinet advisor as 4th Auditor of the Treasury


Autograph ID: 2736
Condition: Very good, slight seal tear at left edge
Description: “(1789-1869) American politician, US Postmaster General 1835-40 under Andrew Jackson & Martin Van Buren. Warmly supported Jackson in 1824, and at the beginning of his term in 1829, Jackson appointed Kendall Fourth Auditor of the Treasury (accountant responsible for the Navy Department), serving 1829-35. He acquired great influence with the administration and became one of the readiest and most powerful political writers in Washington. He aided in shaping the Jacksons anti-Bank policy, appointed special treasury-agent to negotiate with state banks. Many historians regard Kendall as the intellectual force behind Andrew Jackson’s administration, and an influential figure in the transformation of America from an agrarian republic to capitalist democracy. In 1857, Kendall’s philanthropy founded the school in Washington that became Gallaudet University for the deaf. Prior to becoming Postmaster General, Kendall was editor of both the Argus of Western America, organ of Kentucky progressivism, and the Washington Globe, the organ for the Jackson Administration. He worked closely with Van Buren, Francis P. Blair, and other members of Jackson’s official and kitchen cabinets. From 1845 business agent of Samuel F.B. Morse, organized several telegraph companies.

10 x 8 LS, (Washington), February 25, 1830, with free franked address leaf, as 4th Auditor of the Treasury Department, to Richard Smith, Cashier of the Branch Bank of the United States at Washington, lists accounts of H. N. Breckenridge belonging to 4 named persons with listed amounts.”
Type: Letter & Free Frank

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