The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791

Establishing the Executive Departments

The precedent-setting First Federal Congress fleshed out the governmental structure provided for in the Constitution and ensured the new government's stability.  This mini-edition presents documents relating to establishing the first three executive departments, and in particular, the critically important constitutional debate over the power of removal of executive branch officials.
Charlene Bickford, Project Director and Coeditor 
Kenneth Bowling, Coeditor 
Helen Veit, Associate Editor 
Charles diGiacomantonio, Associate Editor

City Hall in New York

George Holland. A View of Broad Street, 
Wall Street, and the City Hall.
Courtesy of I.N. Phelps Stokes Collection, 
Miriam & Ira D. Wallach
Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs. 
The New York Public Library.
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