The term of office of this, the first governor to hold office by accident was for only five months and five days; thus, it is not reasonable to expect momentous or critical developments during this period. However, there were some administrative oddities. There was, for one, a petition for the pardon of one Joseph Phillipson, a young man convicted of forgery. This petition was signed by forty-six women, most of which were wives or relatives of prominent men in the contemporary public scene; i.e. Felix Grundy, Ephraim H. Foster and George Washington Campbell.