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branch, a legislative branch divided into two houses, and a judicial branch. Checks and balances is another way of saying "limit power". They also created a system of checks and balances by giving each of three branches of government the power to restrict the actions of the others, thus requiring them to work together (Krutz and Waskiewicz, 2017).Evolution of presidential powerWhen the Presidency was first created, it was considered more of a representative face of a new nation. Within the inception of the United States, Congress, or the Legislative branch, carried more power than that of the President. The "American Government" (2019) website states, “Constitutional provisions limited the early presidency, throughout the 20th Century, the balance of power shifted dramatically, so that the executive branch currently has at least equal power to the legislative branch.” As the years have gone by, different Presidents have made strides or accomplished goals that empowered the Presidency. “Andrew Jackson used his image and personal power to strengthen the developing party system by rewarding loyal followers with presidential appointments” ("American Government", 2019). Abraham Lincoln gained powers due to the Civil War in 1861-1865, these powers allowed him to expand the U.S. Military without Congressional consent ("American Government", 2019). Theodore Roosevelt worked very close to Congress which aided in defining his place in government, he also was elected four times to the Presidency, before the Presidency was limited to only two four-year terms ("American Government", 2019). According to "American Government"(2019),” Woodrow
5Wilson helped formulate bills that Congress considered, and WORLD WAR I afforded him the opportunity to take a leading role in international affairs”. As you can see, Presidential Power has expanded due to leaders taking charge in times of needs and making things happen with the times.