On This Day in 1791 — The First Cabinet Meeting in United States History

Two hundred and twenty-nine years ago, on November 26, 1791, George Washington convened the first cabinet meeting. By organizing the first of ninety-nine meetings, Washington formed an institution that serves at the center of the executive branch to this day. But the cabinet isn’t in the Constitution and no additional legislation created it. Washington’s creation also set another precedent with critical ramifications over two centuries later — the presidency is largely governed by norm and custom, rather than written rules or laws.