June 2 Book Signing Lecture: David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler’s “Washington’s Circle”
Join the U.S. Capitol Historical Society at noon on June 2 for a discussion and book signing by David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler. This brown bag event will be held in Ketchum Hall at 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002. It is free and open to the public; pre-registration is requested.
Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President (Random House, 2015) shows how Washington’s skillful management of manpower, as both plantation owner and commander in chief during the Revolutionary War, was equally necessary as he faced the challenges of forming an administration to work with Congress. Familiar names from the pantheon of American political history—Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Jay, and Henry Knox—are shown mingling among lesser luminaries and bureaucrats as they collaborate with, confront, and sometimes cunningly sidestep each other’s ideological and departmental biases in service to the self-educated Virginia farmer unanimously elected to forge the office of the Presidency. Whether as close friends or begrudging allies, Washington’s inner circle emerges as an unlikely “team of rivals” that helped to establish the policies, practices, and precedents of the first presidential administration.
David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler have co-authored numerous books and articles on American history from the Early Republic to the Civil War, most recently the biography Henry Clay: The Essential American (2010). David Heidler is retired from Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Jeanne T. Heidler is the senior civilian faculty member of U.S. Air Force Academy’s history department.