The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution
Monday, February 21 | 4:30pm
Lindsay Chervinsky Historian and Author
On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries — Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox and Edmund Randolph — for the first cabinet meeting. The U.S. Constitution had not yet created nor provided for such a body, which left Washington to rely on his own leadership experiences. Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections and constitutional challenges, Washington modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. Lindsay M. Chervinsky will reveal the far-reaching consequences of Washington’s choice on the development of the first party system, the expansion of the role of the president and the executive branch, and the cabinet precedent he left for his successors. Chervinsky is an expert on the cabinet, presidential history, and U.S. government institutions. Currently, she is serving as Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies.
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