• John Quincy Adams' Treasury Secretary Rush Informs Revolutionary War Veteran Of Claim Benefits

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    RICHARD RUSH (August 29, 1780 – July 30, 1859) was the United States Attorney General and the 8th United States Secretary of the Treasury.  He also served as John Quincy Adam’s running mate on the National Republican ticket in 1828.  Born in Philadelphia to Benjamin Rush, a prominent physician and Founding Father, Richard graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1797 and pursued a legal career. In 1811, President James Madison appointed Rush to the position of Comptroller of the Treasury and Rush was one of Madison’s closest advisors during the War of 1812.  Madison elevated Rush to the position of Attorney General in 1814. He remained in the position after James Monroe took office and served briefly as Secretary of State.  He also served as Ambassador to Britain and in 1825 he accepted Adam’s offer to serve as Secretary of the Treasury. Adams chose Rush as his running mate when he sought re-election in 1828.  Adams lost that election to Andrew Jackson.

    7 ¾ x 9 ¾ partly-printed Letter Signed, as Secretary of the Treasury, to Clammans Gilliha[n] informing him that he is “entitled to the pay of a Private of Infantry in the Continental Line” under the 1828 “act of the relief of certain surviving Officers and Soldiers of the Army of the Revolution.”  


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