President Andrew Jackson Appoints George Washington’s Great-Cousin to Serve as Treasurer of the United States

It was a temporarily appointment issued to Peter G. Washington, Chief Clerk of the Treasury and later founder of the U.S. Postal Guide

Lund Washington was a cousin of George Washington who served as steward of the Mount Vernon estate during the American Revolution. His great-nephew was Col. Peter G. Washington, a native of Virginia who removed to New York in his youth. On reaching his majority he was appointed to a clerkship in the...

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President Andrew Jackson Appoints George Washington’s Great-Cousin to Serve as Treasurer of the United States

It was a temporarily appointment issued to Peter G. Washington, Chief Clerk of the Treasury and later founder of the U.S. Postal Guide

Lund Washington was a cousin of George Washington who served as steward of the Mount Vernon estate during the American Revolution. His great-nephew was Col. Peter G. Washington, a native of Virginia who removed to New York in his youth. On reaching his majority he was appointed to a clerkship in the Treasury Department, and during his life filled the position of Chief Clerk of the Treasurer’s Office, Chief Clerk of 6th Auditor, Assistant Postmaster General, and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. He began the U.S. Postal Guide in 1850. was a member of the Washington National Monument Association.

John Campbell of Virginia was the fifth Treasurer of the United States, serving under both Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. He was in office from May 26, 1829 to July 20, 1839. Campbell has the distinction of being the first Treasurer to be born a citizen of the United States. His brother was governor of Virginia.

Letter signed, Washington, October 16, 1833, to Washington in his capacity of Chief Clerk of the Treasurer’s Office. “During the absence of the Treasurer of the United States from his office, you will please take charge of the same and perform the duties thereof.”

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