14th President. Two-page autograph letter signed “Frank: Pierce” as US Senator, Match 10, 1837, Washington. Pierce, in just his 6th day as a Senator, writes a letter to Mahlon Dickerson who was serving as Secretary of the Navy under President Martin Van Buren. The letter reads, in part:
Dr. Francis O. Stufir of Gilford is desirous of receiving the appointment of Surgeons Mate in the U.S. Navy and I would bespeak for his application your favorable notice. I am not personally acquainted with Dr. Stufir but am informed on the best authority that he is [?] in his profession and a gentleman of excellent character…for the examination to which I trust he will be admitted.
With integral address leaf on verso of second leaf.
Pierce was just 32-years-old at the time and began his Senate term 6 days earlier on March 4, 1837.