Rogers, Thomas J.
Autograph Letter Signed, Easton, Pennsylvania March 29, 1829, to James Macmanus Esq., Bellefont, Centre Co., Pennsylvania

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            Thomas Rogers, former member of Congress from Pennsylvania writes a letter recommending the candidacy of George Wolf for Governor of Pennsylvania.

 

            “Dear Sir,

                 I duly received your favour of the 20th relative to the nomination of Mr. Wolf as a candidate for Governor. Mr. Wolf, it gives me pleasure to inform you is well worthy the station, he has been nominated for, in point of political principle and strict moral integrity, and a perfect knowledge of the English and German languages. He was born in this county in the year 1787, and received a classical education. He read law in this Borough and was regularly admitted as a practicing lawyer. The first vote he ever gave was for Thomas Jefferson, in opposition to old John Adams, who like his son John Q. Adams, was hurled from power and place by the indignant voice of a free and virtuous people. He has been a member of the legislature, and in 1824, when I resigned my seat in Congress, was elected to fill the vacancy and has been re-elected ever since. I do assure you and I speak from a personal and friendly intimacy with him for many years, that he is highly respectable. No man can be more exemplary in point of public and private integrity, if proof of this were wanted, we have but to refer to the fact that during the recent political contest, when all the angry feelings of party were exiled and his election to Congress was opposed with the utmost violence no man dared to utter one word against his private character or political consistency. He supported Genl Jackson with zeal and has uniformly been a Democrat. He is plain, modest and unassuming in his manners, and perfectly acceptable to all (rich or poor English or German) who may have business to transact with him. He never proposed himself for the high station for which he has been nominated. He had no agency in the nomination. Never solicited a vote or influence for the places. He neither solicited, nor will he now refuse.

                He is kind and benevolent – of good feeling towards all men, and knows and can feel for the wants and necessities of the poor. What he has acquired has been solely by his own industry. He can enter into the poor man’s wants, and knowing his privations can judge of the measures proper for his relief.

                For the information of those who are unacquainted with his character and qualifications, I give you an extract of a letter from a gentleman who has held one of the most distinguished public stations [in] Washington, and who is not a citizen of Pennsylvania. He said, in reference to the nomination of Mr. Wolf, that “as Mr. Wolf is nominated, I am highly gratified at his prospect of obtaining a large majority. He is indeed a most worthy man and upright politician. And although no man can be less assuming than he, I have long discovered that he possesses a strong mind and excellent attainments.”

                 That Wolf will be elected there cannot be a doubt, even should the malcontents nominate an opposition candidate…”

Thomas Jones Rogers (1781 – December 7, 1832) Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district 1823–1824.

George Wolf (August 12, 1777 – March 11, 1840) Wolf was elected without opposition to the United States House of Representatives in 1824 to the Eighteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas J. Rogers. He was reelected to the Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-first Congresses. He was the seventh Governor of Pennsylvania from 1829 to 1835. On June 29, 1888, he was recognized as the “father of the public-school system” in Pennsylvania.