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James Wilson and the Creation of the Presidency
Daniel J. McCarthy
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Vol. 17, No. 4, The Constitutional Framers and the Modern Presidency (Fall, 1987), pp. 689-696
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27550478
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James Wilson was one of the most important delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and was probably the single most important author of Article II, which concerns the executive branch. While many Americans feared the establishment of a strong executive, Wilson argued that a strong, democratically selected President was necessary to a vibrant, virtuous republic. Such an executive was needed for good administration, and regular elections would serve to keep him from becoming a tyrant, but in addition, popular election of the President would increase the "patriotic passion" of the people.
Presidential Studies Quarterly © 1987 Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress