Carl Schurz Life of Henry Clay (Volume 1 )

ISBN 13: 9781235283512

Life of Henry Clay (Volume 1 )

9781235283512: Life of Henry Clay (Volume 1 )
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. SECRETARY OF STATE. The administration of John Quincy Adams was the last one in which the conduct of the government accorded strictly with the best traditions of the Republic. Nothing was farther from his mind than to use the power of appointment and removal for political ends. At that time the notion that the accession of a new President must necessarily involve a thorough reconstruction of the Cabinet, was not yet invented. Following the example of most of his predecessors, he applied the rule that no unnecessary changes should be made, even in the heads of the executive departments. His election to the presidency and Calhoun's to the vicepresidency had vacated the secretaryships of state and of war, and these vacancies he filled with Henry Clay, and James Barbour of Virginia. As we have seen, he offered to continue Crawford at the head of the Treasury Department, and only after Crawford had declined he summoned to that place Richard Rush of Pennsylvania. Southard of New Jersey remained Secretary of the Navy, and William Wirt of Virginia, Attorney General. The Postmaster General, McLean, was also left in his place, but that officer did not at that time occupy a seat in the Cabinet; and there was no Department of the Interior. The members of the Cabinet all passed as Republicans. But the Federalists, of whom there were scattered remnants here and there, -- some of them looked up to as venerable relics, -- were by no means excluded from place. When De Witt Clinton had declined the mission to England, Adams urged it upon Rufus King of New York, who then stood in the politics of the country as a fine and reverend monument of ancient Federalism. The new administration had hardly taken the reins in hand, when that spirit of hostility to it which prevaile...

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