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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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Essentials in American History (from the Discovery to the Present Day)

Albert Bushnell Hart - 1905 - 583 pages
...shall 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?" Before he could reach that millennium, he removed or replaced 109 civil officials, or about one third...
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Current Literature, Volume 40

1906
...because he was a Christian, or chiefly because of his Christian character. Thomas Jefferson's questions, "Is he honest? Is he capable? Is he faithful to the Constitution?" furnish the practical standard of most men who do not first ask, "Is he loyal to the party?" and, "Will...
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Political Parties and Party Problems in the United States: A Sketch of ...

James Albert Woodburn - 1906 - 314 pages
...of the public afterwards. The merit system reverses this. It applies the simple Jeffersonian test, "Is he honest? Is he capable? Is he faithful to the Constitution?" If he is, he will be retained, and he will not need to run to Congressmen or political committeemen...
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Reminiscences of Famous Georgians: Embracing Episodes and ..., Volume 2

Lucian Lamar Knight - 1908
...because he has secured a party nomination, or shall we again recur to the test of Thomas Jefferson : ''Is he honest, is he capable, is he faithful to the...sovereignty is preserved in all of its pristine purity. If this be an average APPENDIX. 607 Southern audience, more than ninety-nine per cent, of my hearers...
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The Anti-slavery Reporter

1860
...power, the slave oligarchy has applied 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, which signalizes the great change which...
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Readings in Civil Government

Percy Lewis Kaye - 1910 - 535 pages
...to "return with joy to that state of things when the only question concerning a candidate shall be, is he honest? Is he capable? Is he faithful to the Constitution?" It is needless to say that this happy "state of things" was never realized even by Mr. Jefferson himself....
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A Short History of the American People

Edna Henry Lee Turpin - 1911 - 478 pages
..." return with joy to that state of things when the only question concerning a candidate shall be, ' Is he honest ? Is he capable ? Is he faithful to the Constitution ? ' " Ohio admitted to Union [1803]. — While Jefferson was president, Ohio, the first state formed...
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Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, Volume 5

Carl Schurz - 1913
...shall return with joy to that state of things when the only question concerning a candidate shall be, Is he honest? Is he capable? Is he faithful to the Constitution? I invite the modern Democrat to contemplate in a spirit of candor and soberness, and perhaps with some...
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Ohio ArchŠological and Historical Quarterly

1913
...the sake of the possessor. The political criterion with Jefferson and Jackson once was, and was only; "is he honest, is he capable, is he faithful to the constitution?" But of what avail are all these now, under the discipline of the Regency-school? If the transit of...
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The American Monthly Magazine, Volume 3

1893
...shall 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 ?" It might be supposed from this that he was what would be known at this day as a civil-service reformer...
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