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" I shall correct the procedure ; but that done, return with joy to that state of things, when the only questions concerning a candidate shall be, is he honest ? Is he capable ? Is he faithful to the Constitution ? I tender you the homage of my high respect. "
New Outlook - Page 474
1901
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Annual Report, Volume 1

United States Civil Service Commission
...it, and declared, in his famous phrase, that " the only questions concerning a candidate shall be: Is he honest; is he capable; is he faithful to the Constitution !" Madison, Monroe, and John Quincy Adams followed him so faithfully that the Joint Congressional Committee...
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THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT

EZRA C. SEAMAN - 1870
...should be propounded in relation to all candidates for office, are those suggested by Mr. Jefferson : Is he honest ? is he capable ? is he faithful to the constitution? These questions should be propounded and answered in the affirmative, in addition to the usual question...
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Scribners Monthly, Volume 15

1878
...disqualification. Everybody will call to mindl his well-known words to be asked of a candidate or official, " Is he honest ? Is he capable ? Is he faithful to the Constitution ? " He declared he had never removed a man because he was a Federalist, never wished his opponents...
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The Political and Miscellaneous Writings of William G. Goddard

William G. goddard - 1870
...be perverted by the Government, in any way, to the injury of the people ? Is that noble test — " is he honest — is he capable — is he faithful to the Constitution " — to be exchanged for a test, which would compel American citizens to part with the right of private...
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The Works of Charles Sumner, Volume 5

Charles Sumner - 1872
...maintaining its power the Slave Oligarchy applies a test for office very different from that of Jefferson : " Is he honest ? Is he capable ? Is he faithful to the Constitution ? " These things are all forgotten now in the single question, signalizing the great change which has...
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Life and Public Services of Charles Sumner

Charles Edwards Lester - 1874 - 596 pages
...power, the Slave Oligarchy has applied a new test for office, very different from that of Jefferson : " Is he honest; is he capable ? is he faithful to the Constitution ? " These things are all forgotten now in the controlling question, "Is he faithful to Slavery?" With...
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THE FOUR CIVILIZATIONS OF THE WORLD. AN HISTORICAL RETROSPECT.

HENRY WIKOFF - 1874
...worthy. He recorded his opinion that the only questions concerning a candidate for office should be, u Is he honest, is he capable, is he faithful to the Constitution ?" The whole of the removals during his Administration numbered less than forty. The great sensation...
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Scribners Monthly, Volume 15

1878
...disqualification. Everybody will call to mind his well-known words to be asked of a candidate or official, " Is he honest ? Is he capable ? Is he faithful to the Constitution ?" He declared he had never removed a man because he was a Federalist, never wished his opponents to...
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Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Volume 38

Massachusetts Historical Society - 1905
...The competency of the applicant was to be determined by the affirmative answer to three questions : " Is he honest, is he capable, is he faithful to the Constitution?" Upon assuming the duties of his great office the President makes oath that to the best of his ability...
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