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George Washington letter of appointment for William Hill

 Item — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 397

Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter of appointment dated 20 December 1790. Washington appoints William Hill as the United States attorney for North Carolina. The item bears the Great Seal of the United States.


  • 1790 December 20


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George Washington letter of appointment for William Hill must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

George Washington was the first President of the United States (1789-1797), the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the Articles of Confederation. His presidential leadership style established many forms and rituals of government that have been used since, such as using a cabinet system and delivering an inaugural address. Washington was hailed as "father of his country" even during his lifetime.


1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.) ; 30 x 33 cm

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Custodial History

The manuscript was originally framed by William Roberts, an artist in Denver, Colorado, on 9 May 1889. It is unknown when or from whom Special Collections received this item.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition unknown.


Orphaned Manuscripts Collection Development Policy (February 2014)

Processing Information

Resource record created; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.

Register of George Washington letter of appointment for William Hill
Ryan K. Lee
2017 October 24
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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Brigham Young University
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