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The American Precedents: Examining George Washington’s Precedents in the Modern Presidency
September 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join Saint Anselm College students Sarah Hummel (2019) and Matthew Solomon (2020) as they discuss the exhibit they designed at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics titled “The American Precedents”.
During his tenure as America’s first President, George Washington established several memorable precedents. In the exhibit they selected five of these precedents and examined if, and how, they applied to the four recent American Presidencies. Using archival material, they sought to understand how these five precedents – the Inauguration, non-partisanship, reluctance in foreign relations, the establishment of a Cabinet or series of advisers, and the President’s role in the economy – have withstood the test of time. Their results provided insight into the significance of tradition in the Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations.