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date: 20 October 2021

p. 232. The presidency finds its placelocked

p. 232. The presidency finds its placelocked

  • Charles O. Jones


An important issue with respect to setting up the new system of government was where to put the presidency. The capital city, it was decided, would be central between North and South. Congress and the presidency would be in the same city, separated by a swamp. “The presidency finds its place” looks at how the location was decided and evolved over time. Presidential candidates were not required to go through Congress to win. They were to be independently elected. Three governing centers were established in the new capital: one each for the Congress, the presidency, and the courts. The President’s House was designed to be both a residence and a workplace.

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