Statistics for occurrence #1 of “the Hon. Thomas Ritchey” in chapter 2 of Philip Henry Sheridan, Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan, General, United States Army .:

...rtunity was thrown in my way by the boy who then held the place failing to pass his examination. When I learned that by this occurrence a vacancy existed, I wrote to our representative in Congress, the Hon. Thomas Ritchey , and asked him for the appointment, reminding him that we had often met in Fink & Dittoe's store, and that therefore he must know something of my qualifications. He responded promptly by enclos...

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