All but Forgotten: Thomas Jefferson and the Development of by Stephanie P. Newbold

By Stephanie P. Newbold

Examine of Thomas Jefferson's legacy in public management.

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Jefferson’s and Madison’s complementary roles within the third administration created a political and administrative environment where the president was able to cultivate his managerial preferences for harmony, governmental simplicity, and responsibility in an unprecedented manner, especially when compared to the types of executive relationships Washington and Adams fostered. S. president who was both a policy maker and a working administrator. Historian Noble Cunningham was the first to highlight this characterization: But Jefferson carried into office more than a trust in the people and a devotion to republican government.

History that the Federalists lost control of the presidency and the majority in both houses of Congress. A thoroughly disgusted John Adams, having lost his bid for reelection to his political rival, decided during his last hours as president that he would pack the courts with Federalist appointments as a means of preserving some control at the national level for his deflated party. The new administration, especially its leader, was anything but pleased. Writing to Benjamin Rush, Jefferson expressed his bitter frustration with Adams over the appointment of his “midnight judges”:4 “I will expunge the effects of Mr.

While Jefferson’s overall relationship with his secretaries is of vital importance to understanding the context for his growing insight into the complexities of running the Constitution and for sound administrative practice, the relationships he formed with Gallatin and Madison during this time deserve individual consideration. Both played critical roles within the administration, and Jefferson relied on their knowledge, skills, and abilities considerably throughout this time. More specifically, however, it was Gallatin, not Madison, on whom Jefferson depended the most during the presidency: He was the fiscal and administrative architect of Jefferson’s administration.

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