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Richard Rush letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Rush, Richard, 1780-1859.
Title: Richard Rush letter
Dates: 1826
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0671

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Rush (1780-1859) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Princeton University, he was a lawyer before beginning his political career in 1811 as the attorney general for Pennsylvania. Under President James Madison, Rush served as comptroller of the treasury in 1811 and became the president's speaker on war policy during the War of 1812. He was the U.S. attorney general from 1814 until 1817. Rush became the interim Secretary of State during the following administration of James Monroe. In 1825, President John Quincy Adams appointed Rush as Secretary of the Treasury. He held this position until 1829, when he resigned at the end of Adam's term in office. Rush served overseas as well, acting as U.S. minister to Great Britain, 1817-1825 and as President James K. Polk's minister to France, 1847-1849. Rush was deeply involved in the creation of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He died in Philadelphia in 1859.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from Richard Rush, written from the Treasury Department, to John Stevens, Collector of Savannah. The letter, dated 1826, authorizes the renewal of a contract with Daniell & Screven for the care of sick seamen.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Rush, Richard, 1780-1859.
United States. Department of the Treasury.
United States. Navy. -- General subdivision--Medical care.;

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Richard Rush letter, MS 671, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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: Richard Rush to John Stevens, Collector of Savannah. Treasury Department, 1826 April 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Authorizing renewal of contract with Daniell & Screven for care of sick seamen.