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An Imperial Presidency?

Senate Resolution on a title for the President
Senate Resolution on a title for the President,
May 14, 1789
(Courtesy of the National Archives)

DHFFC Transcription: DHFFC, v. 8, p.734.

The Senate agreed to the committee report, but eventually the opposition of the House of Representatives to all titles forced the Senate to resolve, while expressing its objections, to accept the "President of the United States, without addition of title."

Rep. Lambert Cadwalader of New Jersey reported that "The Lovers of Fringe and Embroidery have, however, been defeated and a Taste for Simplicity has prevailed over adulation." (to Mr. Armstrong, May 8, 1789, Pennsylvania Historical Society)

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