Date of Award

Spring 6-6-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Reed Davis

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Caleb Henry


Wilson, Woodrow, Founding, Fathers, Presidential, Selection


This examination contrasts the views of the Founding Fathers and Woodrow Wilson on the matter of how the President of the United States of America ought to be selected. While Wilson is commendable for his vision of empowering the rank-and-file to select their president through direct national primaries, his views directly conflict with those of the Founders. This purpose of this essay is to spark an interest in the political thought of United States presidential selection and in political theory in general. This analysis acknowledges the fact that the Founders were deceased long before Wilson wrote on this topic. For the sake of simplicity, the reader is asked to kindly overlook the anachronistic nature of this essay featuring the Founder directly addressing Wilson’s ideas. Male pronouns will be used throughout this essay for the sake of simplicity and because both the Founders and Wilson used those pronouns when writing about United States politics. While there are different types of political parties, such as local or state parties, for the purpose of this essay, the term ‘party’ will be used in reference to a national organization.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Program


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