In this Book
As secretary of war, McHenry remained loyal to Washington, under whom he established a regimental framework for the army that lasted well into the nineteenth century. Upon becoming president, John Adams retained McHenry; however, Adams began to believe McHenry was in league with other Hamiltonian Federalists who wished to undermine his policies. Thus, when the military buildup for the Quasi-War with France became unpopular, Adams used it as a pretext to request McHenry’s resignation.
Yet as Karen Robbins demonstrates in the first modern biography of McHenry, Adams was mistaken; the friendship between McHenry and Hamilton that Adams feared had grown sensitive and there was a brief falling out. Moreover, McHenry had asked Hamilton to withdraw his application for second-in-command of the New Army being raised. Nonetheless, Adams’s misperception ended McHenry’s career, and he has remained an obscure historical figure ever since—until now. James McHenry, Forgotten Federalist reveals a man surrounded by important events who reflected the larger themes of his time.
Table of Contents
- PART ONE: BECOMING AN AMERICAN
- pp. 7-8
- PART TWO: POLITICS, STATE AND NATIONAL
- pp. 69-70
- PART THREE: SECRETARY OF WAR
- pp. 155-156
- PART FOUR: RETIREMENT
- pp. 247-248
- NINETEEN: “To Retire to the Shades of Tranquility”
- pp. 249-254
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