Section 1. The executive power shall be vested in a President of the Inited States of America. He shall hold his office
'luring the term of four years, and. together with the \ ice
President, chosen for the same term, be elected, a- follows:
Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature
thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole
number of Senators and Representatives to which the state
nun be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under
the Inited Stales, shall be appointed an elector.
[The electors shall meet in their respective states, and
vote by ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not
be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves. And they
shall make a list of all the persons voted for. and of the number of votes for each: which li-t the) -hall >ign and certify,
and transmit sealed to the seat "f the government of the
I nited Stales, directed to the President of the Senate. The
President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate
ami House of Representatives, open all the certificates, and
the votes shall then be counted. The person having the greatest
number of votes shall be the President, if such number be a
majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if
there be more than one who have such majority, and bene an
equal number of votes, then the House of Representatives shall
immediatel) choose b) ballot one of them for President: and
if no person have a majority, then from the five highest on
the list the said House shall in like manner choose the President. But in choosing the President, the votes -hall !„■ taken
b) states, the representation from each slate Inning one \..te':
a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two thirds of the stales, and a majorit) ,,f all the
states shall be necessary to a choice. In everv case, after the
choice of the President, the person hen ing the greatest number of votes of the electors shall be the \ ice President. But it
there should remain two or in,,re wh,e have equal votes, the
Senate shall choose from them b) ballot the Vice President.]°
The Congress nun determine the time of choosing the
electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes;
which day shall be the same throughout the United States.
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of lhe'
I nited States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution,
-hall be eligible to the office of President; neither -hall any
person be eligible to that office who shall met bene' attained to
the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident
within the I nited Slates.
In case ol the removal of the President from office, or of
his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers
and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve em the
Vice President, and the Congress men b) law provide for
the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the
President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall
then ent as President, and such officer shall act accordingly,
until the disability be removed, or a President -hall be elected.
The' President shall, at staled time-, receive [or his services, :i compensation which -hall neither be increased nor
diminished 'luring the period lor which he- -hall bene been
elected, and he shall met receive within that period anv other
emolument from the I nited State-, or am e.l them.
Before he enter eeii the execution "I his office, he shall
take the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly
-wear ie,i affirm) that I will taithfull) execute the office of
President of the I nited Slates, and will to the best of my
ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution "t ■ e
I nited Mates." I ma.
SECTION 2. The President shall be Commander In Chief1
the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the miB ^^
of the several states, when called into the actual service of' w|](,
I nited States; he- ma) require the ..pinion, in writing, of! not
principal officer in each eel the executive departments, up1 ()r
am subject relating to the duties of their respective ofMj ,
and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons] on|
offenses against the 1 nited States, except in cases of impf*
He shall have power, by and with the advice and co
ol the Senate, le, make treaties, provided two third- "I
Senators presenl concur: and he shall nominate, and by " of tl
with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall app* .,f |,
ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls. Judge8 attai
the Supreme Courl. and all other officers of the I nited St*
whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided '
and which shall be established by law: but the Congress j
b) law \ea-t the appointment of such inferior officers, as J
think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of la* s '' •'
in the head- of departments.
The Presidenl shall have power to fill up all vaca" I"'-'
that may happen during the recess of the Senate, b)
commissions w hich shall expire at the end of their nexl ses*
Section .'. He shall from lime to time give to the Coi'r- "
information of the stale of the union, and recommend 1"' . |
consideration such measures ee- he shall judge neeessar)
i-i e- . . holhei
expedient; he men. on extraordinary occasions convene*
douses, or either of them, and in case of disagrn
tween them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he
adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper: he .
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rcie'ive ambassadors and other public minister.-: he -hen'
care lhat the laws be faithfully executed, and shall imini""
all the officers of the I nited States.
Section I. The President, Vice i' evident and a
officers of the I nited States, shall I ed from oil
impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or hvjpv
high crimes and misdemeanors. form
Arttrlr II *,ata
Section 1. The judicial power of the Inited States '
be vested in one Supreme Curt, and in such inferior C|]
as the Congress men from time to time ordain and estav(i
The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts. |.^
hold their offices (hiring good behavior, and shall, .it ' .|.M|]
limes, receive for their services a compensation, which* ^
not be ilimini-
St:i mix 2.
in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, l'"e
of the I nited States, and treaties made, or which sh
made, under their authority; — to all case- affecting
sadors, either puhlie ministers and consuls: - to all r;l:
admiralt) and maritime jurisdiction; — to controvert
which the I nited States shall be a part) : - - to conti
between two m* more states; [between a state eunl '! 'r|,"i
of another state;]9 between citizens of different -tei1™'"-
between citizens ol the same steih' claiming lands under r- Hi
of different slates. [ and between a state, or the citizens th' "• "
ami foreign states, citizens or subjects.]' ,', '
In all cases affecting ambassadors, other puhlie' m1'
eunl ei,ii>iil-. and those' In which a stale shall be par'*.'
■ nil ineir services a compensation, woe.- ^
i-hcil during their continuance in office. ltate
2. The judicial power shall extend to all ' ,|laj|
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Supreme Curt shall have original jurisdicti.
before mentioned, tin- Supreme Court shi
'Superseded by the 12th Amendn
'See the 1 hie \mendment.
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