Answer: Which U.S. President came up with the term “Cabinet”?

The Question: Which U.S. President came up with the term “Cabinet”?

George Washington
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Abraham Lincoln
James Madison

The Italian term “cabinetto,” meaning “a small, private room for meetings,” is the namesake of the term for the U.S. President’s principal advisers. Although the Cabinet is mentioned in the Constitution as a source of presidential counsel, forming one is a tradition, not a requirement. Arguably the more important role served by Cabinet members is running executive departments including the departments of Justice, Defense, and Agriculture.

The correct answer is James Madison.

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