On This Day in Cabinet History – December 31, 1793

On this day in cabinet history, December 31, 1793, Thomas Jefferson resigned as the first Secretary of State. Many people are familiar with Jefferson's resignation because of the political ramifications of his decision. Jefferson's "retirement" coincided with his increased efforts to organize the nascent Democratic-Republican Party and fight the Federalist agenda. But Jefferson's departure from [...]

On this day in cabinet history – August 1, 1793

August 1, 1793 was a red-letter day for cabinet (and presidential) history. On July 31, President George Washington summoned the department secretaries to a cabinet meeting the next morning at 9 AM. Recognizing that the issues facing the cabinet might take a while to resolve, Washington invited the secretaries to join him for a family [...]

1793 Cabinet Walking Tour

In March, I spent a weekend in Philadelphia for a friend's wedding. On Saturday morning, I stole away for a few hours to walk around the historic core of the city. In particular, I wanted to walk the "cabinet neighborhood." In my work, I explore how the Philadelphia neighborhood shaped the development of the executive [...]