President Lincoln Finds a Job for Young Woman

October 23, 1862

President Lincoln writes: “I shall be very glad if the Secretary of the Treasury, or any Head of a Department, or Bureau can, and will find employment for Miss. Sommers.”   She subsequently wins employment as an employee in the Treasury whose duties were counting notes and currency preparatory to burning.”

President Lincoln declined, on the other hand, to get the military involved in the critical New York State gubernatorial race.  James S. Wadsworth was the Union candidate for governor and Lyman Tremain the candidate for lieutenant governor.  Lincoln writes lawyer Ben Field: “Think your request cannot safely be granted.”  Field had written: “I am directed by this committee to represent to you that it is important that Genl [Franz] Sigel should visit this state and address one or more meetings in behalf of Wadsworth and Tremain. It is believed that this would influence favorably the result. He should come on as Early as the forepart of next week.”

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