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Pinckney's Council Gained Traction

by lchervinsky (lchervinsky)

Cite as: lchervinsky, ‘Pinckney's Council Gained Traction’ in Lindsay Chervinsky, Advising the President, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2016), item 86.


Based on the council included in Pinckney's Plan, Gouverneur Morris authored a proposed council for the Committee of Detail to consider. This council looked remarkably similar to the cabinet created by George Washington in 1793. Unlike George Mason's executive council proposed on September 7, this council did not limit the power of the executive and the legislature did not appoint the councilors. The President would have been free to consult with this council at his leisure.

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