A Guide to the Richard Mentor Johnson Letter, 1815
Born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, Richard Mentor Johnson (1774-1826) studied law at Transylvania University before being admitted to the bar in 1802. After establishing a law practice in Great Crossings, Kentucky, he served in the House of Representatives from 1804 through 1806 as well as being elected to Congress from 1807 through 1819, during which he was appointed chairman of the Committee on Claims and the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War. From 1819 through 1829, Johnson once again served as a representative in the House and as a Congressman from 1829 through 1837. Originally a Democratic Republican, he later became a Jacksonian and was elected Vice President of the United States under Martin Van Buren in 1837. Johnson died in Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1850.
"Johnson, Richard Mentor." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 19, 2011. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=j000170.
The Richard Mentor Johnson Letter, 1815, details Johnson’s inquiry to Mr. Smith regarding the status of funds in the Treasury and in the Pennsylvania Bank as well as a loan of fifty thousand dollars to Mr. Taylor.
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Richard Mentor Johnson Letter, 1815, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Bethany Anderson, December 2011.
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