Washington, August 21, 1876.

It is with extreme pain that the President announces to the people of the United States the death of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Michael C. Kerr, of Indiana.

A man of great intellectual endowments, large culture, great probity and earnestness in his devotion to the public interests, has passed from the position, power, and usefulness to which he had been recently called.

The body over which he had been selected to preside not being in session to render its tribute of affection and respect to the memory of the deceased, the President invites the people of the United States to a solemn recognition of the public and private worth and the services of a pure and eminent character.

Signature of Ulysses S. Grant
U. S. Grant

By the President:

John L. Cadwalader, Acting Secretary of State.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

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