Thomas W. Ferry (1827-1896) Letter Signed, "T. W. Ferry", 1 pg., 8 x 10, lined paper, March 11, 1876, Washington, D.C., "Department Of Justice" date stamp at top, written to Hon. Edwards Pierrepont, Atty. General U.S. (in President U.S. Grants cabinet), In part: "We respectfully recommend for appointment as Chief Justice of Utah Territory Hon. Phillip H. Emerson now associate justice of that Territory...avoiding all cliques or the influence of popular passions & personal interests in the administration of the law...fit him for the position of Chief Justice of that Territory". Ferry represented Michigan in the US House (1865-1871) and Senate (1871-1883), and was President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate from 1875-1879. He was next in line to the Presidency from the day V.P. Wilson died in 1875 until V.P. Wheeler was inaugurated in 1877. On March 2, 1877, the Electoral Commission decided that Rutherford B. Hayes had won the disputed 1876 election; if they had not reached decision by March 4th, Ferry would have been sworn in as President. Not knowing that Hayes had privately taken the oath of office the day before, Ferry believed that he had been President for a day. The Senate President was next in line to the Presidency until the 1886 Act of Succession, which placed the Speaker of the House of Representatives ahead of the Senate President Pro Tem in the line of succession. Also signed by Isaac P. Christiancy (1812-90), "I. P. Christiancy", who was the Chief Justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court (1872-74) and U. S. Senator from the state of Michigan (1874-79). Phillip H. Emerson (1834-89) was a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Utah Territory from 1873 to 1885. In 1873 President U. S. Grant appointed Emerson to the Territorial Supreme Court of Utah, to which he was reappointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877, and by President Andrew Garfield in 1881, continuing until his retirement on April1, 1885. A nice 19th century letter regarding Utah's Supreme Court history and Washington's political history. In fine condition, with minor age toning ad, two small tears on right edge, and usual letter folding lines.