New York State Militia Appointment Certificate Signed by Washington Hunt, 1851

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New York State Militia Appointment Certificate Signed by Washington Hunt, 1851
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New York, 1851. Certificate of appointment for First Lieutenant, Andrew J. M. Scott of Woodville, New York, to the 36th Regiment in the 16th Brigade in the 4th Division of the New York Militia. Black text on off-blue paper, New York State seal depicted at top center, Signed by Washington Hunt as New York State Governor at bottom right. Washington Hunt (August 5, 1811 - February 2, 1867) was an American lawyer and politician. He was First Judge of the Niagara County Court from 1836 to 1841, and was elected as a Whig to the 28th, 29th and 30th United States Congresses. He was elected New York State Comptroller by the State Legislature after the resignation of Millard Fillmore who had been elected U.S. Vice President. In November 1849, he was re-elected, but resigned the comptrollership after his election as Governor of New York the following year. He was Governor from 1851 to 1852, and was defeated for re-election by Horatio Seymour. After the break-up of the Whig Party, Hunt, despite his previous association with the Seward/Weed faction of the party, was among the more conservative Whigs who refused to join the Republicans. Hunt was the chairman of the 1856 Whig National Convention and supported his fellow New York Whig, former president Millard Fillmore for the presidency in that year. In his last years, Hunt moved increasingly closer to the Democrats, endorsing his two-time opponent, Horatio Seymour for the New York gubernatorial race in 1862 and supporting George McClellan for the presidency at the 1864 Democratic National Convention. On June 13, 1864, Hunt was at Niagara Falls to confer with Confederate Commissioner Jacob Thompson. He became a supporter of President Andrew Johnson after the war, and supported Johnson's abortive "National Union" movement, serving as a delegate at the National Union Convention of 1866, which sought to join Democrats and conservative Republicans into a new party to support Johnson. Fine condition with some ink stains, toning, and fragile fold lines.