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Collection Reference Number GLC02774
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1843 
Title Appointment of James Madison Porter, Secretary of War
Date 8 March 1843
Author Tyler, John (1790-1862)  
Document Type Government document
Content Description Appoints James Madison Porter Secretary of War with the following certificate: "Know Ye: That reposing special trust and confidence in the Patriotism, Integrity and Abilities of James Madison Porter, of Pennsylvania, I do appoint him Secretary for the Department of War of the United States and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfil [sic] the duties of that Office according to law and to have and to hold the said Office with all the powers, privileges and emoluments thereunto of rights appertaining, unto him, the said James Madison Porter, during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being and until the end of the next session of the Senate of the United States and no longer." On verso, Porter swears to "support the Constitution of the United States" and "well and faithfully execute the trust commended to me." With a white presidential seal on lower left. Signed by John Tyler as President and countersigned by Daniel Webster as Secretary of State. Signed by Porter countersigned by Associate Justice Henry Baldwin, swearing him in.
Subjects President  Government and Civics  Military History  
People Porter, James Madison (1793-1862)  Tyler, John (1790-1862)  Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)  Baldwin, Henry (1780-1844)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The Presidency; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information James Madison Porter (1793-1862) served as Secretary of War under President John Tyler during 1843-1844.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859