Abraham Lincoln

 

appoints a

 

Marshal

 

for

 

Washington 

 

Territory

October 9, 1861

 

President Lincoln appoints “William Huntington of Washington…to be Marshal of the United States for the said Territory.” Signed at the conclusion “Abraham Lincoln,” and countersigned by Secretary of State William Seward.

 

Marshals were the only federal lawmen in unorganized territories, often the only federal representatives of any kind. U.S. marshals were involved with everything from policing the border with Mexico to pursuing outlaws and vigilantes, from enforcing fugitive slave laws to investigating counterfeiting and bank fraud.