The Union Township Historical Society will host Rich Rosenthal at Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 2 p.m. Rich will present “The Precedents of the Prefident*: George Washington and the Creation of the Executive Office.” (*In 1789, a print “s” was written “f.”)
As George Washington was about to become the first President under the new U. S. Constitution, he said, “I walk on untrodden ground to shape America.” And that he did! Every one of his actions as President – from the inaugural oath, through the establishment of the U. S. Treasury and financial system, to the creation of the Coast Guard, cabinet meetings, appointment of ambassadors and Supreme Court justices, dealings with Congress, to his refusal to run for a third term – was a precedent.
There can only be one Number One – and George Washington was that Number One, setting the guidelines for all future presidents.
Rich Rosenthal has lectured on many historical subjects and is president of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table. He was a board member and one of the founding members – along with pre-eminent New Jersey historian, the late John T. Cunningham – of the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table. Rich lives in Parsippany with his wife, Harriet; they have two daughters and three grandchildren.