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Definition: Advisors to the President of the United States. The Executive Branch has several departments. Each department has a Secretary, who reports directly to the President. The first Cabinet, under President George Washington, had four members: Thomas Jefferson (Secretary of State), Alexander Hamilton (Secretary of Treasury), Henry Knox (Secretary of War), and Edmund Randolph (Attorney General).

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The New Nation
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The 19th Century
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Encyclopedia Entry: The Cabinet
Some facts on the Cabinet and its history.

Constitutional Topic: The Cabinet
Learn more about the history of the Cabinet and see the names of today's Cabinet members.

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