This essay collection is a retrospective analysis of the Washington administration's importance to the understanding of the modern presidency. Contemporary presidential scholarship gives little attention to the enormous impact that Washington's actions had on establishing the presidency. Most contemporary literature starts with 1933 and, although FDR's impact on the development of the modern institution of the presidency is undeniable, Washington's actions in office also established standards for practices that continue to this day.
This analysis of the Washington presidency begins with an examination of Washington's leadership and its relevance to the modern presidency. The second group of essays looks at different aspects of presidential powers and the precedents established by the Washington administration. The third section examines Washington's press coverage, looking at the origins of Washington's image and the various myths in the press as well as the president's difficult relations with his contemporary press. A thoughtful and important corrective that will be of interest to scholars, students, and researchers involved with the American presidency and its history.
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About the Author
MARK J. ROZELL is Associate Professor of Politics at The Catholic University of America./e He is the author of eight earlier books on American politics.
WILLIAM D. PEDERSON is Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University./e He is the editor of numerous books on the presidency.
FRANK J. WILLIAMS is Superior Court Judge in Rhode Island and the editor of several books on the presidency./e He is former president of the Abraham Lincoln Association.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Washington and the Origins of the Presidency by Mark J. Rozell
Washington's Leadership and Legacy
George Washington: Reluctant Occupant, Uncertain Model for the Presidency by Byron Daynes
George Washington: The First Modern President? A Reply to Nichols by Thomas Engeman and Raymond Tatalovich
Family Imagery and Revolutionary Spirit: Washington's Creative Leadership by Elizabeth W. Marvick
Presidential Powers and the Washington Administration
Washington, Hamilton, and the Establishment of the Dignified and Efficient Presidency by Malcolm L. Cross
The Power of Making Treaties: Washington, Madison and the Debate Over the Jay Treaty by John W. Kuehl
The Father of Our Country as Court-Packer-in-Chief: George Washington and the Supreme Court by Henry J. Abraham and Barbara A. Perry
George Washington and the Origins of Executive Privilege by Mark J. Rozell
George Washington and the Press
George Washington and the Press by Carol S. Humphrey
Beginning a Legend: George Washington and the Boston Newspapers, 1754-1758 by Frank Dunkle
George Washington: The Origins of Presidential-Press Relations by Graham G. Dodds