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James Monroe|James Madison
William H. Crawford�s Original Appointment as Secretary of War, Signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State The earliest Cabinet-level appointment known to have ever reached the market, and a consequential one, coming on the heels of the Treaty of Ghent and end to more than a decade of European hostilities.
01/08/1815. James Monroe|James Madison William H. Crawford was U.S. ambassador to France during the negotiations to end the War of 1812. During those negotiations, he was responsible for superintending the American consuls in Europe and keeping them informed of developments. He was also an important negotiator from a distance. He was called home and appointed Secretary of War by President James Madison on August 1, 1815, succeeding James Monroe. Crawford served in the post about a year, and was then named Secretary of the Treasury. When Monroe entered the White House, he continued Crawford in office, and Crawford remained at Treasury until the end of MonroeÕs administration.Ê Crawford's term as Secretary of War was short but consequential. He presided over the military standing down after years of bitter conflict and also put reform at West Point, a crucial training element in the US arsenal, at the top of his agenda.To date, just 608 people have been named to a presidential cabinet post in the entire history of the United States. Of these, 91 have been Secretaries of War or Defense (the same post, but with a name change in 1947). But presidents have signed untold hundreds of thousands of appointments for military officers, State and Treasury Department posts, and all manner of positions, so any document actually appointing a Cabinet member is extremely uncommon. We have had just three, and seen barely a handful of others, in our three decades in this field.But the problem of rarity becomes more than acute when looking at the first four administrations. When President Jame … [Click Below for Full Description]
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