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I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Letters of Application and Recommendation During the Administration of Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Examples from NARA, Riverside

In the last two blogs I discussed the value and contents of the "Letters of Application and Recommendation During the Administration of Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877." Now let's look at an example of a rather noteworthy individual. Of course, if you are not related to this person, the letter might not hold much interest, but if you are or if you are working on the history of one of the organizations that he was associated with, it would certainly be of interest.

Let's look at the Civil War and the time period at its beginning when architect and bridge designer Herman Haupt found a place in history with his amazing trestles:

(National Archives photo)

The former officer resigned from the military early in the War but, according to this letter, he sought reconnection to the political scene a few years after the War ended:

In the near future we will look at a less well-known individual and his interest in making an application to work for the U.S. Government.

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