Commander in Chief Clause
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
- Final Draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights
- George Mason to John Lamb · recipient: John Lamb
- Committee Draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and edited by the Virginia Convention
- George Mason to George Washington · recipient: George Washington