"In 1877 a desperate mother writes the State Department to beg for a position for her son. Not unusual on its face, but there is a twist here. She pins to her letter a newspaper clipping about a State Department employee's suicide, indicating she knows this place is no longer filled, and asks that it be given to her son."
Source: Applications and Recommendations for Public Office, Hayes-Garfield Administrations.
I hope she at least waited for the funeral to be over.