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Seymour, Horatio
reports on his campaign work for 1856 Democrat Ticket

Johnson, Richard M.– Vice President under Van Buren. A single page ALS, Senate Chamber, Oct 9, 1837 as vice president. Serving in his constitutional role as President of the Senate, Johnson explains the impotency of his office. He thanks someone for a petition to the Senate and then requests the person to help him get it before the very body he presides over. “I request the favor of you to get some members to present the memorial as I can make no motion to print or to refer.” Johnson letters may not be aggressively sought after but neither are they easily found. This is a fun example explaining how powerless the vice president is as president of the Senate. [#5407]