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2. Who described the US Senate as a 'saucer' to cool hot tea?

In explaining the work of the Constitutional Convention to Thomas Jefferson, then serving as Minister to France, George Washington described the purpose of the Senate as to "cool" House legislation, just as a saucer was used (in the day) to cool hot tea.

In explaining the work of the Constitutional Convention to Thomas Jefferson, then serving as Minister to France, George Washington described the purpose of the Senate as to "cool" House legislation, just as a saucer was used (in the day) to cool hot tea.

In explaining the work of the Constitutional Convention to Thomas Jefferson, then serving as Minister to France, George Washington described the purpose of the Senate as to "cool" House legislation, just as a saucer was used (in the day) to cool hot tea.

In explaining the work of the Constitutional Convention to Thomas Jefferson, then serving as Minister to France, George Washington described the purpose of the Senate as to "cool" House legislation, just as a saucer was used (in the day) to cool hot tea.

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James Madison

 

George Washington

 

Barack Obama

 

Lyndon B. Johnson

 
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