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presidency

1. 
a. the office, dignity, or term of a president
b. the office of president of a republic, esp the office of the President of the US
2. Mormon Church
a. a local administrative council consisting of a president and two executive members
b. the supreme administrative body composed of the Prophet and two councillors
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You see, it won't ever do for me, a brigadier in the regular army, to preside over that infant court-martial - there isn't any precedent for it, don't you see.
Whether or no the early loves of Adam and Martha had rendered it inexpedient that they should now preside together over a Shaker village, it was certainly most singular that such should be the final result of many warm and tender hopes.
The reason I mentioned it, Professor, was to ask you to be so kind as to preside at the Election.
Juno lashed the horses on, and the gates of heaven bellowed as they flew open of their own accord--gates over which the Hours preside, in whose hands are Heaven and Olympus, either to open the dense cloud that hides them, or to close it.
They were one of the few families then resident in the colonies who thought it a degradation to its members to descend to the pursuits of commerce; and who never emerged from the privacy of domestic life unless to preside in the councils of the colony or to bear arms in her defense.
No, except when she thought of her mother, and remembered where she had been used to sit and preside, she had no sigh of that description to heave.
From the first I had determined that I would myself preside over your investigation.
I had to preside, too, over the entertainment, consisting of a dish of fish, a roast fowl, a sweetbread, vegetables, pudding, and Madeira; and it was so pleasant to see how she enjoyed it, and with what state and ceremony she did honour to it, that I was soon thinking of nothing else.
A board was found, fixed on two saddles and covered with a horsecloth, a small samovar was produced and a cellaret and half a bottle of rum, and having asked Mary Hendrikhovna to preside, they all crowded round her.
At the camp Virginia found that a neat clearing had been made upon a little tableland, a palisade built about it, and divided into three parts; the most northerly of which contained a small house for herself and her father, another for von Horn, and a common cooking and eating house over which Sing was to preside.
It sometimes occurred to him that the person who most signally failed to realize this fact was the lady who did him the honor to preside over his household.
At the head of the room, Miss Brentwood introduced him to Colonel Van Gilbert, and I knew that the latter was to preside.