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Every US President Who Gave A Family Member A High-Up Government Job

Critics of President Trump accused him of nepotism during the early days of his presidency when his daughter and her husband ended up with government jobs. However, a brief glance at American history shows many incidents of high-up government positions given to presidents' family members. It is hardly a rare occurrence in Washington, nor is it a particularly new phenomenon. 

Famously, family connections made by John F. Kennedy during his time in office inspired the "Bobby Kennedy Law," prohibiting United States presidents from appointing family members to paid government positions. Other presidents such as Woodrow Wilson, John Adams, and Ulysses S. Grant also dabbled in family favors during their respective terms. A president who provides family members with government positions may raise many questions related to ethics, objectivity, and integrity. Some people may not see an issue, as perhaps the relatives in question are truly qualified for the jobs to which they're appointed; however, others point out that too much power afforded to one family may result in an imbalance of governmental control.

To help inform your opinion on the issue, below is a list of presidents who gave family members jobs. Here, you can learn all about the history of nepotism in United States government. 

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