In honor of my beloved Cardinals’ brilliant Game 6 victory last night, here’s President Monroe’s renomination of William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) to serve a three-year term as Governor of the Missouri Territory:
Clark was first named to the position in 1813. Missouri very famously sought admission to the Union around the time of the nomination you see above, so Clark couldn’t complete his term. The very first Missouri Constitution, adopted by a convention in St. Louis on June 12, 1820 (though not submitted to the people for ratification), called for a gubernatorial election to be held “on the fourth Monday in August next.” Clark was trounced by Alexander McNair, who became the first Governor of the state of Missouri.
Lewis Cass had been serving as Governor of the Michigan Territory since 1813. He was renominated on the same day as Clark:
The message is dated only “January 1820.” A PDF list of former Michigan officials on that state legislature’s web site says the Cass nomination happened on January 24, but Clark’s nomination anticipates that his commission “will expire” on January 21, a date clearly still in the future. Who knows.
Cass resigned as Governor on August 1, 1831 to succeed John Eaton as Andrew Jackson’s Secretary of War. He was the longest-serving territorial governor in American history, second only to George Clinton of New York in the all-time, all-inclusive gubernatorial longevity contest. He later resigned his Senate seat after winning the 1848 Democratic presidential nomination. Cass was an early advocate of “popular sovereignty” regarding the fate of slavery in the territories, though his stance was professedly derived from a limited view of Congressional power to regulate strictly internal territorial matters rather than a calculation of what might be the most politically expedient way to settle the matter.
Edit: remembered that I also saw JQA’s December 1825 renomination of Cass: