Federalist No. 72
Federalist No. 72 is an essay
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by Alexander Hamilton
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and the seventy-second of the Federalist Papers
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. It was published on March 19, 1788 under the pseudonym
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Publius. The paper discusses executive re-eligibility and is the sixth in a series of 11 essays discussing the powers the Executive branch.