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Collection Reference Number GLC03188
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1830 
Title Andrew Jackson to Samuel Smith regarding the Maysville Road bill
Date 14 June 1830
Author Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Recipient Smith, Samuel  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Jackson thanks Smith for supporting his veto of the Maysville Road bill. Jackson says that while his veto may have opposed internal improvements, it was for the greater good of the Government. In a statement to Congress explaining his reasons for the veto Jackson argued that using federal money for a purely local project was wrong, no matter how desirable internal improvements were. Jackson also had a political motivation to veto the bill, since the road was set to be built in Kentucky, the home state of his chief rival Henry Clay.
Subjects President  Infrastructure  Road Construction  US Constitution  Finance  Congress  Government and Civics  
People Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  Smith, Samuel (1752-1839)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The Presidency; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Samuel Smith was a Jacksonian Senator from Maryland.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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