The Political Influence of the British Monarchy on the U.S. Presidency




White, Allison

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My research analyses the political influence of the British Monarchy on the establishment of the U.S. Presidency and early presidential administrations. I study how the political influence of the British monarchy reflected and contradicted the views of the framers in the decisions made in the Washington and Adams administrations. I also compare the decisions made by Presidents Washington and Adams to the words written in the U.S. Constitution.

In my analysis, I access primary sources and secondary scholarly articles. From the early presidencies, I also explore constitutional controversies such as the Neutrality Proclamation of 1793 in Washington’s administration and the XYZ Affair and Alien and Sedition Acts in Adams’s administration.

The British monarchy greatly influence the framers in establishing the Articles of Confederation and defining the role of the presidency in Article II of the Constitution. These decisions lead to questions about scope of power not specifically addressed in the Constitution in the first few administrations. Therefore, the early presidents defined and developed the role of the presidency rather than Congress as evident in Washington and Adams’ administrations. Similarly to the early presidents, their predecessors continued and continue to develop the presidency well into the twenty-first century.


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