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House Resolution

 May 21, 1789 
Resolved , That it is the opinion of this committee, that there ought to be established, the following executive departments, to wit; A department of foreign affairs, at the head of which shall be an officer to be called secretary to the United States for the department of foreign affairs, removable by the President. A treasury department, at the head of which shall be an officer, to be called secretary to the United States, for the treasury department, removable by the President. A department of war, at the head of which shall be an officer, to be called secretary to the United States for the department of war, removable by the President.
House of Representatives Journal, pp. 68-69.

Recommended citation: Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, ed. Charlene Bickford, et al. (Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 2002). XML version based on the Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, ed. Charlene Bickford, et al. (Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1994) Vol. 4, pp. 689-697. http://adh.sc.edu [Accessed (supply date here)]

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