The US Constitution never established a presidential cabinet—the delegates to the Constitutional Convention explicitly rejected the idea. So how did George Washington create one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government?

In her new book, presidential historian Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky explores how, when faced with crises and instability, George Washington created a cabinet of advisors and a structure of how it would guide him. His decision has shaped politics and the role of the branches of government then and now.

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