Federalist Papers – Essay #76

In Essay #76, The Appointing Power of the Executive, Alexander Hamilton defends the power of the President to appoint public officials with the advice and consent of the senate. Hamilton argues that there are three ways appointments could be made By a single man (might result in favoritism and corruption clouding the selection of officers); […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #75

In Essay #75, The Treaty Making Power of the Executive, Alexander Hamilton discusses the procedures for the United States entering into treaties with foreign countries. The provision allows the President to make a treaty, but the treaty must be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. As Hamilton wrote, “THE President is to have […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #74

In Essay #74, Alexander Hamilton addresses, The Command of the Military and Naval Forces, and the Pardoning Power of the Executive. Assignment of the duties of commander in chief of the military is a cut and dried issue with Hamilton. His principal argument is that the demands of war require a single supreme leader. A […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #73

In Essay #73, The Provision For The Support of the Executive, and the Veto Power, Alexander Hamilton discusses how the President should be compensated, and the concept of the veto power over legislation (an example of checks and balances) Regarding compensation, Hamilton argues that the President’s salary should be frozen during the term in office […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #72

Hamilton’s arguments in Essay #72, The Duration in Office of the Executive and Re-Eligibility of the Executive Considered, follow naturally from the previous paper in which he defended the four-year length of presidential terms. Now he argues that the number of terms served by the President should be unlimited. His reasoning is as follows: Too […]

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