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Kendall, Amos, 1789-1869

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1789 - 1869

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, he was the founder and first president of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum in Washington. Kendall died in 1869.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Amos Kendall collection

MS-1199
 Collection
Identifier: MS-1199
Overview Amos Kendall (1789-1869), Postmaster General of the United States. Dartmouth Class of 1811. Consists of professional correspondence, a petition and a receipt related to Kendall's position as Postmaster General of the United States.

Amos Kendall letter

Mss 830108
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 830108
Overview In English.

Amos Kendall letter

Mss 815606.3
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 815606.3
Overview In English.