Matthew McAllister letters patent
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Matthew McAllister letters patent

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: United States. President.
Title: Matthew McAllister letters patent
Dates: 1789
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0511

Biographical/Historical Note

The United States government retained the right to appoint citizens to governmental positions, In 1789, President George Washington issued letters patents for such offices as U.S. Attorney General.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a copy of a "letters patent" to Matthew McAllister (1758-1823), 1789, appointing him as U.S. Attorney General for the District of Georgia. The original is signed by President George Washington.

Index Terms

Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Georgia. Attorney-General's Office.
Letters patent.
McAllister, Matthew, 1758-1823.
United States. President.
Washington, George , 1732-1799.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the great-grandson of Matthew McAllister.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Matthew McAllister letters patent, MS 511, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Matthew Hall McAllister, 1906.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Letters patent appointing Matthew McAllister U.S. Attorney for the District of Georgia, 1789 September 26 ( 1.0 p. )
Signed by President George Washington. Copy.