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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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Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant

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The Unitary Executive

Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ulysses S. Grant, the only president to serve eight consecutive years in the White House between the terms of Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson. Grant became president after having served as general in chief for the entire Johnson administration, a position that allowed him to play a major administrative role in determining the course of Reconstruction. He immediately differentiated himself from Andrew Johnson through his inaugural address by pledging, “I will always express my views to Congress, and when I think it advisable, will exercise the constitutional privilege of interposing a veto. But all laws will be faithfully executed whether they meet my approval or not.” Grant's first big fight with Congress was to come over repeal of the infamous Tenure of Office Act, the statute that had nearly destroyed Johnson's presidency.

Keywords:   Reconstruction, Ulysses S. Grant, White House, inaugural address, repeal, Tenure of Office, Andrew Johnson

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