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By William D. Pederson, Mark J. Rozell, Frank J. Williams

This essay assortment is a retrospective research of the Washington administration's significance to the knowledge of the fashionable presidency. modern presidential scholarship supplies little awareness to the large impression that Washington's activities had on constructing the presidency. so much modern literature begins with 1933 and, even supposing FDR's effect at the improvement of the trendy establishment of the presidency is indisputable, Washington's activities in place of work additionally verified criteria for practices that proceed to this day.This research of the Washington presidency starts with an exam of Washington's management and its relevance to the trendy presidency. the second one crew of essays appears to be like at diverse facets of presidential powers and the precedents proven by way of the Washington management. The 3rd part examines Washington's press insurance, the origins of Washington's picture and a number of the myths within the press in addition to the president's tricky family members along with his modern press. A considerate and demanding corrective that might be of curiosity to students, scholars, and researchers concerned with the yankee presidency and its historical past.

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Elmer Pilschke, Diplomat in Chief: The Presidency at the Summit (New York: Praeger, 1986), p. 70. 86. ‘‘Statement to the Senate from the President,’’ September 17, 1789, in Richardson, A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, pp. 53–54. 87. James Thomas Flexner, Washington: The Indispensable Man (Boston: Little, Brown, 1974), pp. 326–327. 88. Reuter, Trials and Triumphs, p. 74. 89. , pp. 75, 87. 90. See the ‘‘Fourth Annual Address,’’ November 6, 1792, in Nordham, The Age of Washington, p.

46. Freeman, George Washington, p. 221. 47. , p. 376. 48. , The Diaries of George Washington, vol. 6 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1979), p. 7. 49. 3 in Daynes, Tatalovich, and Soden, To Govern a Nation, p. 153. 50. ‘‘Veto Message,’’ April 5, 1792, in Nordham, The Age of Washington, p. 103. Washington: Reluctant Occupant, Uncertain Model 33 51. William Maclay, Sketches of Debate in the First Senate of the United States (Harrisburg, PA: Lane S. Hart, 1880), pp. 122–126. 52. Michael P.

113 CONCLUSION The question posed at the beginning of this chapter was, Can we learn anything about the modern presidency by examining the presidency of George Washington, or will the net effect be negligible? Washington clearly took precautions in his presidency so that he would not be an uncertain model. He was well aware of what being the first president meant. As he wrote: Many things which appear of little importance in themselves and at the beginning, may have great and durable consequences from their having been established at the commencement of a new general government.

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