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Lot 137: GRANT, ULYSSES S. Autograph Letter Signed, "U.S. Grant," as President, to Attorney General Edwards Pierrepont ("Dear Judge"),
01 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: GRANT, ULYSSES S. Autograph Letter Signed, "U.S. Grant," as President, to Attorney General Edwards Pierrepont ("Dear Judge"), making recommendations concerning the chief justiceship of Utah. 2 pages, 8vo, written on rectos of two sheets; horizontal folds. (MRS) Long Branch, NJ, 26 August 1875
"Mr. Bennett has been here with a lawyer formerly from Galena, in his interest for the Chief Justiceship of Utah.
"Mr. Bennett may be all very well but his endorsements are against him, in my estimation, for that particular Judgeship. It looks to me as if what are known in Utah Territory as "Jack Mormons," men making a "dead set" to get in one of their men.
"Of the men named for the place so far I would give the preference to Judge [Alexander] White, of Ala. or Judge Crozin[?] of Kansas. I am very desirous to do something for Judge White, and I look upon him as a very upright man, and [is] possessed of considerable ability. . . ."
In 1850, Congress passed An Act to Establish a Territorial Government for Utah, according to which the U.S. president appointed (and the Senate ratified) a chief justice and two associate justices to the Utah Supreme Court. Beginning with Utah's statehood in 1896, the justices have been elected.