Title: Message from the President of the United ...
Publisher: Washington, D. C.
Publication Date: 1837
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good
24th Congress, 2nd Session, Document 213. Disbound copy with 171 pages, with map. Samuel Gwin (1794-1838) was a central figure in the Mississippi land scandals of the 1830s. His father was a close friend of Andrew Jackson which opened the way for Gwin to obtain the position of Register of the Northwest District in Mississippi for land sales. This area was opening up in the 1830s for land speculation to create large slave plantations after stripping the native tribes of their land. Gwin was accused of holding back choice land for himself and selling, at under market value, land to his friends along with holding fraudulant land sales. Tension built to such a point that Gwin fought a duel with Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Isaac Caldwell in 1836. Caldwell died immediately from gunshot wounds with Gwin lingering on till dying in New Orleans in 1838. In the Documents transmitted to congress Gwin defends himself against charges of fraud and favortism while in the office of Register of the Land Office. Samuel Gwin's brother was James McKendree Gwin (1805-1885) who became a Senator from California (1850-55, 1857-61). Bookseller Inventory # 8945
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