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The Unitary ExecutivePresidential Power from Washington to Bush$
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Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121261

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121261.001.0001

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John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

(p.91) 6 John Quincy Adams
The Unitary Executive

Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how John Quincy Adams shared a similar belief with his father in the value of a hierarchical, unitary executive branch. While serving as secretary of state during the Monroe administration, Adams reportedly wrote to his wife, “For myself I shall enter upon the functions of my office with a deep sense of the necessity of union with my colleagues, and with a suitable impression that my place is subordinate. That my duty will be to support, and not to counteract or oppose, the President's administration, and that if from any cause I should find my efforts to that end ineffectual, it will be my duty seasonably to withdraw from the public service.” He continued to adhere to these positions after he ascended to the presidency, despite the controversy surrounding the 1824 elections.

Keywords:   unitary executive branch, John Quincy Adams, Monroe administration, public service, presidency, controversy, 1824 elections

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