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I've expanded Prof. Mayhew's Congressional Actions (see previous posts in regards to this in the forum) to include all Federal Government actions, including actions of Governors that result in Federal response. An "action" is something that a solitary political figure does that is mostly autonomous and/or mostly consequential. 

If finished the first draft of Washington's presidency. Few more actions will be added, but at some point I'll make this more chronological (add month and day):

9 Position Party State Year Final year The action
Adams, John VP F MA 1789 1789 Inaugurated as the first vice president
Adams, John VP F MA 1789 1789 Proposes exalted titles for the Presidency (His Highness), etc.
Ames, Fisher H F MA 1789 1789 Suggests Bill of Rights would weaken public confidence in new Constitution
Blair Jr, John SC F VA 1789 1789 Confirmed as a first Assoc. Justice
Cushing, William SC F MA 1789 1789 Confirmed as a first Assoc. Justice
Ellsworth, Oliver S F CT 1789 1789 Authors Judiciary Act of 1789
Hamilton, Alexander Cab F NY 1789 1789 Opposes Madison's Tariff of 1789
Hamilton, Alexander Cab F NY 1789 1789 Confirmed as first Sec of Treasury
Harrison, Robert H. SC F MD 1789 1789 Confirmed as a first Assoc. Justice but refuses to serve due to health.
Jay, John Cab F NY 1789 1789 Declines Sec of State offer
Jay, John SC F NY 1789 1789 Confirmed as 1st Chief Justice
Jefferson, Thomas Cab JR VA 1789 1789 Confirmed as first Sec of State
Knox, Henry Cab F MA 1789 1789 Confirmed as first Sec of War
Lee, Richard Henry S JR VA 1789 1789 supports use of exec titles
Maclay, William S JR PA 1789 1789 seconds motion re advise & consent
Maclay, William S JR PA 1789 1791 A leading anti-adminstration radical
Madison, James H JR VA 1789 1789 role in structuring of govt departments
Madison, James H JR VA 1789 1789 leads on revenue/tariff/shipping
Madison, James H JR VA 1789 1789 leads in House adoption of Bill of Rights
Madison, James H JR VA 1789 1789 Leads the drive for a plain title for the president -- "Mr. President"
Morris, Robert S F PA 1789 1789 motion re advise & consent
Morris, Robert Cab F PA 1789 1789 Declines Sec of Treasury offer
Randolph, Edmund Cab F VA 1789 1789 Confirmed as first Att Gen
Rutledge, John SC F SC 1789 1789 Confirmed as a first Assoc. Justice
Scott, Thomas H F PA 1789 1790 schemed with the British re west
Sherman, Roger H F CT 1789 1789 says keep Bill or Rights as amendments
Washington, George P F VA 1789 1789 Annoyed by lack of immediate advise & consent leads to protocal for advice & consent
Washington, George P I VA 1789 1789 Signs the Judiciary Act of 1789, which establishes the Justices and Att Gen.
Washington, George P I VA 1789 1789 Signs the Tariff of 1789 and revenue collection bills
Washington, George P I VA 1789 1789 Signs the bill of RIghts
Washington, George P I VA 1789 1789 Signs bills establishing the Dept of State, Treasury, and War
Washington, George P I VA 1789 1789 Inaugurated as the first president
Wilson, James SC F PA 1789 1789 Confirmed as a first Assoc. Justice
Hamilton, Alexander Cab F NY 1790 1790 Issues report to Congress calling for a National Bank and economic nationalism
Hamilton, Alexander Cab F NY 1790 1790 Promotes the assumption of state debts to build national credit
Hamilton, Alexander Cab F NY 1790 1790 Role in Compromise on D.C. in exchange for assumption bill
Iredell, James SC F NC 1790 1790 Confirmed as Assoc. J. for posiiton rejected by Harrison.
Jefferson, Thomas Cab JR VA 1790 1790 Jefferson becomes administrative outlier in opposing Hamilton's economic report
Jefferson, Thomas Cab JR VA 1790 1790 in on deal to create D.C.
Madison, James H JR VA 1790 1790 in on deal to create D.C.
Madison, James H JR VA 1790 1790 vs. Hamilton on debt policy
Sherman, Roger H F CT 1790 1790 promotes compromise re debt assumption
Washington, George P I VA 1790 1790 Signs Naturalization Act, the first bill to establish US immigration policy
Washington, George P I VA 1790 1790 Signs Residence Act, creating D.C. as future capital
Washington, George P I VA 1790 1790 Gives first State of the Union address
Washington, George P I VA 1790 1790 Signs Funding Act, assuming the state debts
Ames, Fisher H   MA 1791 1796 model for his party as pro-exec, anti-House
Hamilton, Alexander Cab   NY 1791 1791 A leading proponent for a Whiskey Tax
Hamilton, Alexander Cab   NY 1791 1791 Issues report to Congress, calling for a protectionist tariff and manufacturing subsidies
Jefferson, Thomas Cab   VA 1791 1792 co-founder of opposition Republican party
Jefferson, Thomas Cab   VA 1791 1791 vs. Hamilton on U.S. bank
King, Rufus S   NY 1791 1792 major writer for Federalist newspapers
Madison, James H   VA 1791 1792 writes republican articles for Nat Gazette
Madison, James H   VA 1791 1791 botanizing tour to NY with Jefferson
Madison, James H   VA 1791 1792 helps ward off Burr as VP cand
Madison, James H   VA 1791 1792 co-founder of opposition Republican party
Madison, James H   VA 1791 1792 vs. Hamilton on manufacturers report
Madison, James H   VA 1791 1791 vs. Hamilton on U.S. bank
Madison, James H   VA 1791 1791 he & Jefferson set up National Gazette
Randolph, Edmund Cab   VA 1791 1791 vs. Hamilton on U.S. bank
Rutledge, John SC F SC 1791 1791 Resigns from the SC to take a Chief Justice position in South Carolina
St. Clair, Arthur Mil   OH 1791 1792 St. Clair's decisive defeat in NW Indian War leads to first Congressional Investigation
Washington, George P   VA 1791 1791 Holds first joint meeting of the Cabinet (prev. met individually)
Washington, George P   VA 1791 1791 Signs US Bank bill, creating the 1st Bank of the US
Washington, George P   VA 1791 1791 Signs Whiskey Tax, leading to Whiskey Rebellion
Adams, John VP   MA 1792 1792 Reelected as VP
Burr, Aaron S   NY 1792 1792 figures as possible VP
Hamilton, Alexander Cab   NY 1792 1792 Anonymously writes articles denouncing Whiskey rebels.
Hamilton, Alexander Cab   NY 1792 1792 Default leader of the Federalist Party in opposition to Jefferson/Madison's party
Jefferson, Thomas Cab   VA 1792 1792 Unsuccessful in attempt to remove Hamilton from cabinet
Jefferson, Thomas Cab   VA 1792 1792 Advises Pres to use first pres veto on Apportionment Act in opp. to Hamilton and Knox
Johnson, Thomas SC F MD 1792 1792 Confirmed as Assoc Justice for seat vacated by Rutledge
Madison, James H   VA 1792 1792 exhorts Washington to run for reelection
Monroe, James S   VA 1792 1792 helps ward off Burr as VP cand
Monroe, James S   VA 1792 1792 hits Hamilton with inculpating evidence
Randolph, Edmund Cab   VA 1792 1792 Sole cabinet member to oppose Fed use of force vs. Whiskey Rebellion
Randolph, Edmund Cab   VA 1792 1792 Advises Pres to use first pres veto on Apportionment Act in opp. to Hamilton and Knox
Washington, George P   VA 1792 1792 Signs Coinage Act, establishing the US Mint
Washington, George P   VA 1792 1792 Reluctantly runs for reelection but wins unanimously once again.
Washington, George P   VA 1792 1792 Signs the Militia Acts in response to defeats in NW Indian War
Washington, George P I VA 1792 1792 Use of first presidential veto to veto Apportionment Act
Giles, William Branch H   VA 1793 1793 brings bill of complaints vs. Hamilton
Hamilton, Alexander Cab   NY 1793 1793 Writes anonymous articles supporting Neutrality
Jay, John SC F NY 1793 1793 Presides over Chisholm v. Georgia, the first significant SC case
Jefferson, Thomas Cab   VA 1793 1793 Resigns as Sec of State over administration's Foreign Policy
Johnson, Thomas SC F MD 1793 1793 Resigns from SC due to health
Madison, James H   VA 1793 1793 he and Jefferson spur Va Resos re for policy
Madison, James H   VA 1793 1793 Helvidius essays vs. adm foreign policy
Mercer, John S I MD 1793 1793 Southerner votes against Fugitive Slave Act
Monroe, James S   VA 1793 1793 Va. resos to rouse public vs. adm FP
Parker, Josiah S F VA 1793 1793 Southerner votes against Fugitive Slave Act
Paterson, William SC F NJ 1793 1793 Confirmed as Assoc Justice for seat vacated by Johnson
Taylor, John S   VA 1793 1793 resos vs. adm neutrality proclamation
Taylor, John S   VA 1793 1794 writes pamphlets vs. admin policies
Washington, George P   VA 1793 1793 Declares US Neutrality in French Rev War involving FR and GB
Washington, George P   VA 1793 1793 Signs Fugitive Slave Act
Ames, Fisher H   MA 1794 1794 big speech vs. democratic societies
Bradford, William Cab   PA 1794 1794 Replaces Randolph as Att Gen
Dayton, Jonathan H   NJ 1794 1794 moves to sequester debts owed to UK
Ellsworth, Oliver S   CT 1794 1794 proposes Union be dissolved
Gallatin, Albert S   PA 1794 1794 expelled since not a citizen 7 years
Hamilton, Alexander Cab   NY 1794 1794 Lead architect of the Jay Treaty and engineered its passage
Jay, John SC   NY 1794 1794 Negotiates and signs the Jay Treaty w/ GB
Jefferson, Thomas none   VA 1794 1795 B/C unofficial leader against Jay Treaty
King, Rufus S   NY 1794 1794 says N & S come to parting of ways
Madison, James H   VA 1794 1794 re reso vs. democratic clubs
Madison, James H   VA 1794 1794 resos vs. France/UK policy
Madison, James H   VA 1794 1794 vs. whisky rebellion policy
Madison, James H   VA 1794 1795 A leader vs. Jay Treaty; fails to gain House power to approve/deny treaties like Senate
Matthews, George Gov   GA 1794 1794 Yazoo Land Scandal; develops on contested land claimed by both GA and Spain
Pickering, Timothy Cab   MA 1794 1794 Replaces Knox as Sec of War
Randolph, Edmund Cab   VA 1794 1794 Moved from Att Gen to Sec of State to fill Jefferson vacancy
Smith, William L. H   SC 1794 1794 speaks for admin re UK policy
Taylor, John S   VA 1794 1794 pleads antitax case before court
Washington, George P   VA 1794 1794 Takes command of force to quash Whiskey Rebellion
Washington, George P   VA 1794 1794 Signs Slave Trade Act of 1794, limiting involvement in international slave trade
Washington, George P   VA 1794 1794 Signs Naval Act of 1794, officially creating US Navy w/ 6 frigates
Washington, George P   VA 1794 1794 Encourages support for the Jay Treaty, despite some stiff opposition
Wayne, Anthony Mil   GA 1794 1794 Decisive victory at Fallen Timbers ends NW Indian War
Blair Jr, John SC F VA 1795 1795 Resigns from the SC
Bradford, William Cab F PA 1795 1795 Dies in office
Burr, Aaron S   NY 1795 1795 reso to renegotiate Jay Treaty
Butler, Pierce S   SC 1795 1795 considered for VP
Butler, Pierce S   SC 1795 1795 leaks Jay Treaty to public
Gallatin, Albert H   PA 1795 1795 moves to assure House control of approps
Hamilton, Alexander Cab F NY 1795 1795 Resigns as Sec of Treasury
Jay, John SC F NY 1795 1795 Resigns as Chief Justice to become Gov of NY
King, Rufus S   NY 1795 1795 Catullus essays defending Jay Treaty
Lee, Charles Cab F VA 1795 1795 Replaced Bradford, who had died in office, as Att Gen
Mason, Stevens T. S   VA 1795 1795 releases Jay Treaty to public
Pickering, Timothy Cab F MA 1795 1795 Moved to Sec of State to replace the disgraced Randolph
Randolph, Edmund Cab F VA 1795 1795 Opposes the Jay Treaty, which puts him at odds with Washington
Randolph, Edmund Cab F VA 1795 1795 Compelled to resign over minor scandal involving his pro-French sympathies
Rutledge, John SC F SC 1795 1795 Made Chief Justice by Washington as a recess appointment, replacing John Jay
Rutledge, John SC F SC 1795 1795 Gives rambling speech denouncing the Jay Treaty, upsetting many Federalists
Rutledge, John SC F SC 1795 1795 Resigns after senate narrowly rejects his aptt as ChJ soon after the Senate reconvened.
Washington, George P   VA 1795 1795 Signs the Jay Treaty
Wolcott Jr, Oliver Cab F CT 1795 1795 Replaced Hamilton as Sec of Treasury
Adams, John VP   MA 1796 1796 Wins 1796 election, but lands w/ Jefferson as VP
Ames, Fisher H   MA 1796 1796 speech pro Jay Treaty
Blount, William S   TN 1796 1796 Madison-Blount resos re treaty powers
Burr, Aaron S   NY 1796 1796 candidate for VP
Chase, Samuel SC F MD 1796 1796 Confirmed as Assoc Justice for seat vacated by Blair
Ellsworth, Oliver SC F CT 1796 1796 Confirmed as ChJ of the SC after Rutledge was rejected by the Senate
Giles, William Branch H   VA 1796 1796 isolationist
Hamilton, Alexander None F NY 1796 1796 co-authors Washington's Farewell Address, based off 1792 draft co-authored by Madison
Jefferson, Thomas none   VA 1796 1796 Def. in 1796 pres. election but elected VP
Livingston, Edward H   NY 1796 1796 reso asking adm to submit Jay T docs
Madison, James H   VA 1796 1796 anti-Jay Treaty; Madison-Blount resos
McHenry, James Cab F MD 1796 1796 Replaces Pickering as Sec of War
Monroe, James Amb JR VA 1796 1796 Forced to resign as Amb to Fr for his Pro-French sympathies
Muhlenberg, Frederick H   PA 1796 1796 breaks 49-49 tie for Jay Treaty
Nicholas, John H   VA 1796 1796 promoter of isolationism
Pinckney, Thomas Amb F SC 1796 1796 Envoy that negotiated and signed Pinckney Treaty w/ Spain
Washington, George P I VA 1796 1796 co-authors his Farewell Address, officially declining to serve a 3rd term.

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I've also concluded Adams's presidency. On to Jefferson. If anyone is interested in these action I can link you to the Spreadsheet. 

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I certainly am!

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6 hours ago, Harris/Ernst 2020 said:

Me too

I need your gmail email to link you. I think you gave it to me when your name was something different, but I don't remember what your email is. 

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