I recently received another catalog from The Great Courses
, which is a fine company that produces and sells educational courses that generally are really very good. They have a new release the title of which is "America's Founding Fathers," consisting of multiple lectures.
One of the lectures features James Madison, fourth president of the United States. The catalog's brief description of this lecture says this:
"The last founder to serve as president, James Madison's tenure was subsumed by the War of 1812, a national catastrophe . . .."
Certainly I know what the author of that description meant, but it ain't right, is it? What it (literally) says is that JM's tenure was the last founder to serve as president.
Also, is the word "subsume" used correctly there? I have doubts about it.
Do you think the description, as written, is OK?
Thanks for your input.