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Creation of the Executive
Sen. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia
Sen. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia,
by Charles W. Peale
(Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution)

Although he was a longtime ally of John Adams and a supporter of titles for the president and vice president, Richard Henry Lee was a vociferous opponent of the theory that the power of removal belonged to the president alone.

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