GOVERNOR NEWTON CANNON PAPERS, 1835-1839

With the administration of Newton Cannon, the business of state government increased not only in volume but in intensity. There was also some evidence of an increase in the cost of labor as well as of government. The number of functionaries in the state government commenced to multiply. For instance, on Carey A. Harris, formerly chief clerk of the War Department (for a time acting Secretary of War)devolved the duty of finding, at the behest of Governor Cannon, of a man for the new position of State Engineer.