Foreword Reviews

The Cabinet

George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

2020 INDIES Finalist
Finalist, History (Adult Nonfiction)

The US Constitution never established a presidential cabinet―the delegates to the Constitutional Convention explicitly rejected the idea. On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries―Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph―for the first cabinet meeting. Why did he wait two and a half years into his presidency to call his cabinet? Because the US Constitution did not create or provide for such a body. Washington was on his own.