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James Monroe|James Madison
President James Monroe's First Cabinet Appointment Document, Signed the Day After His Inauguration, Naming William H. Crawford Secretary of the Treasury Treasury was one of Monroe's most important Cabinet appointments, as in Treasury Crawford set policy for the new Second Bank of the United States Treasury was one of Monroe's most important Cabinet appointments, as in Treasury Crawford set policy for the new Second Bank of the United States
05/03/1817. This is the second oldest Secretary of the Treasury appointment known to be in private hands, and we obtained it from the Crawford descendantsThe inauguration of James Monroe as the fifth President of the United States was held on Tuesday, March 4, 1817, in front of the Old Capitol, where the Supreme Court building now stands. The inauguration marked the commencement of Monroe’s first term as President. Chief Justice John Marshall administered the oath of office, and the President's inaugural address to the crowd from a platform adjacent to the Old Capitol building was the first to be given outdoors.The President’s Cabinet at that time consisted of five department heads: the Secretaries of State, War, Treasury, Navy, and the Attorney General. It took Monroe nine months to put his Cabinet together, and during that time period important posts were filled by men temporarily acting as department heads, either until Monroe’s desired appointees could take office, or until someone acceptable would agree to Monroe’s offers of the posts. Specifically, the deplorable state of the War Department in the wake of the War of 1812 led four men to decline Monroe’s offers to accept the office of Secretary of War before John C. Calhoun finally assumed the role in December 1817. Likewise the Attorney General’s post  - which was part time back then - was filled by William Wirt in November. James Madison’s Attorney General, Richard Rush, was held over until then, but really he was also the acting Secretary of State from March 10, 1817 on, so essentially the office of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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