Archive for May 17th, 2012

131 years ago, today, Frederick Douglass was confirmed as D.C. Recorder of Deeds

While interning at the National Archives’ Center for Legislative Archives in the summer of 2010, Daniel Rice stumbled upon an important document to Douglass-cana; 20th President James Garfield‘s (R) nomination of Frederick Douglass as D.C. Recorder of Deeds.

According to a post on “Rice on History,” (Daniel’s blog) the nomination (No. 352) was bunched among a slew of President Garfield’s cabinet nominations, all dated March 4th, 1881.

The nomination reads,

“To The Senate of the United States:

I nominate Frederick Douglass of the District of Columbia to be the Recorder of Deeds in the District of Columbia, vice George A. Sheridan who has resigned.”

On May 17, 1881, 131 years ago today, Douglass was confirmed by a 47-8 vote in the United States Senate. Make sure you check out the post on “Rice on History” to view photos of the actual voting tally.

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