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Title: Amos T. Akerman to William H. H. Ambrough, 31 May 1871

Date: May 31, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.01997

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May 31, 1871.

Mr. Wm. H. H. Ambrough,

Fredericksburg, Va.

Sir: I have received yours of the 27th inst. It is not customary for this Department to give opinions on legal questions to private citizens. I will, however, say that your eligibility to office depends entirely upon the question whether you took any part in the insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or gave aid or comfort to the late rebellion, after having taken the official oath to support the United States, as a Judicial officer. I suppose from your account that you held a Judicial office, and took such an oath. Your participation in the rebellion is a matter upon which I am unable to pronounce an opinion

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.

eligibility to office, Va.


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