21. Administrator in Chief

  1. Edward G. Lengel
  1. Cheryl R. Collins

Published Online: 18 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch21

Companion to George Washington, A

Companion to George Washington, A

How to Cite

Collins, C. R. (2012) Administrator in Chief, in Companion to George Washington, A (ed E. G. Lengel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch21

Author Information

  1. the University of Utah, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331035

Online ISBN: 9781118219935



  • administrator in chief;
  • Washington, focal point of Continental coordination;
  • ambiguities of interstate system;
  • blurred lines, civilian and military authority;
  • Washington's role, as Commander in Chief;
  • Washington's centrality, in the American Revolution;
  • military obedience and discipline, primacy of civilian;
  • civilian oversight, military discipline, the army's objective;
  • Washington's, central role in war administration


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Beyond Generalship

  • Executive Function

  • Civil-Military State System

  • List of Further Readings