On Sept. 26 there will have been a U.S. Attorney for the district currently designated as the Southern District of New York for 225 years. For it was on Sept. 25, 1789 that President George Washington sent to the Senate the nominations of a judge, a marshal and an attorney for what was then referred to as the districts of New York and New Jersey. Washington’s letter read:
“United States, September 25th 1789, Gentlemen of the Senate, I nominate James Duane, Judge, William S. Smith, Marshall, Richard Harrison, Attorney, for the District of New York [;] David Brearly, Judge, Thomas Lowry, Marshall, Richard Stockton, Attorney, for the District of New Jersey
And Likewise nominate ‘Thomas Jefferson for Secretary of State, Edmund Randolph for Attorney General, Samuel Osgood for Post Master General.’
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