George Alfred Townsend mentioned as potential Librarian of Congress [Washington Sentinel, January 21, 1899]

LOC _ Main Reading RoomLibrarian Young’s Successor

The death of the Hon. John Russell Young Tuesday creates a very desirable vacancy in the Government service which Mr. McKinley will be called upon to fill at an early date. The position of Librarian of Congress pays $6,000 a year and carries with it the control of considerable patronage. There will probably be a lively scramble for the place. Among the names that have already been mentioned in connection with the position are Representatives Lemuel Ely Quiqq, of New York, Gen. Henry V. Boynton, George Alfred Townsend, Thomes G. Alvord, and A.R. Spofford [sixth Librarian of Congress, 1864 – 1897].



Washington Sentinel, January 21, 1899 


Note: Herbert Putnam would serve as the eighth Librarian of Congress for 40 years until 1939.



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