Guide to the Amos Kendall Collection, 1831 - 1859Manuscript MS-1199

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Guide to the Amos Kendall Collection, 1831 - 1859

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1199

Collection Dates:

1831 - 1859

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Amos Kendall, Postmaster General of the United States. (1789-1869). Dartmouth Class of 1811. Consists of professional correspondence, a petition and a receipt related to his position as Postmaster General of the United States.

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Introduction to the Collection

Contains professional correspondence, a petition and a receipt related to Kendall's position as Postmaster General of the United States.


Amos Kendall was born on August 16, 1787, in Dunstable, NH. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1811, after which he studied law before moving to Kentucky. In Kentucky he practiced law and became the editor of "The Argus" newspaper. In 1829, he was appointed auditor of the U.S. Treasury by Andrew Jackson. Considered President Jackson's right hand man, he wrote many of Jackson's state papers, publicizing Jackson's views in his own papers as well as hundreds of others around the country. Kendall also served as Postmaster General from 1835 to 1840. Kendall introduced many reforms to the Postal Service and freed it from debt. In addition Kendall was the founder and first president of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum in Washington. Kendall died in 1869.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1831-1859

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Amos Kendall to Stephen Pleasonton re. accounts of post office department 3rd quarter 1833, April 18, 1836
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Amos Kendall to O. A. Dayton re. settlement of claim, March 27, 1843
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: Amos Kendall to Tristram Burgess re. question s about balances and wages, March 15, 1831
  • Folder: 4, Receipt: Amos Kendall to Western Union Telegraph Company re. two bonds, November 21, 1859
  • Folder: 5, Petition: William Moore to Amos Kendall re. removal of John Taylor as postmaster of Sutton and recommending Hiram Watson. February 15, 1836

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