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He was a civil service reformer and an intense opponent of the spoils system. He
entered upon his duties with vigor and raised the office to one of very great
importance, and by his persistent efforts constantly enlarged and increased the
... the spoils system in his native city and State. But this sturdy, laughing, playing,
working, fighting descendant of the A TYPICAL AMERICAN. 41.
By that term, always inaccurate, was meant a betterment of the public service by
relieving it of the incubus of the spoils system. It would have been more in
accordance with the end aimed at to have employed the term “merit system.” For
it was ...
... the passage of laws without the use of bribery, and defeat bad measures
without employing violence. When he assailed the spoils system he needed but
the simple doctrines that he had learned from the New Testament and the
“No question of internal administration” he declares, “is so important to the United
States as the question of Civil Service reform, because the spoils system, which
can be supplanted only through the agencies which have found expression in ...
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I did not finish this book, and the first sentence from the first chapter may give you an idea why. "Restless as the sea his forefathers sailed to reach the new world; active as the soil that answered ... Read full review