A detailed, documented (highly) constitutional history of the American presidency as it was established during Washington's two terms. This reviews the entire administration in terms of the precedents, lasting and broken, which were set by Washington. Quoting profusely from the diaries and letters of Washington and the journal of Senator Maclay, the author covers the controversies over tenure of office, the duty to serve, salary, judicial immunity, etc. He reviews the creation of the administrative and judicial branches of the government, the president's relations with Congress, and gives considerable attention to the pros and cons of the executive power- whether legislative or constitutional- and the bearing of the decision on the relations of the president to department heads. For reference shelves, largely in college libraries, this is a learned study.