Civil Service Reform under Harrison

Civil service reform was a no-win proposition; pleasing one side of the issue ensured that the other would be offended. President Harrison made a number of excellent merit-based appointments to federal positions, but in so doing he offended the political bosses. On the other hand, his few efforts to do the right thing were regarded by the good-government forces as being too little.

Harrison's inability to satisfy the patronage demands of his own party was a significant factor in his failure to win a second term in the Election of 1892.

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1883-1983: One Hundred Years of the Civil Service Act
To help shed some light on the historical importance of civil service reform during the Gilded Age and celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the passage of the Civil Service Reform Act, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, in ...
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Civil Service Reform
Civil Service Reform President Hayes showed active sympathy with the movement for Civil Service reform. A commission had been appointed in 1871, whose report urged that fitness, and not political favoritism, should be the ground of appointment ...
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Politics in the Gilded Age: The Reform of the Spoils System
Because one of the major issues during this period was Civil Service reform, it is entirely appropriate for the Hayes Center to sponsor a major symposium on the reform of the spoils system. Indeed the Center is to be congratulated on producing ...
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