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James A. Garfield's Presidency

Politics did have an adverse affect on administration. The patronage system allowed powerful candidates to use their ability to appoint people to office as an incentive to help with campaigns. This...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 1:18 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

President Garfield was shot and assassinated by Charles J. Guiteau, who believed the president owed him a diplomatic appointment in Paris because of the help Guiteau thought he had given Garfield...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019 11:28 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

President James Garfield served in office for only a few months: March 1881–September 1881. On July 2, 1881, he was shot. After that, he lingered for a few months before finally succumbing to his...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 11:40 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883 professionalized the United States civil service. From then on, being a civil servant would be seen as a public duty rather than as a reward for...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018 8:35 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

A recent poll of political scientists placed James Garfield (1831–1881) a lowly thirty-fourth in the ranking of presidents. However, evaluating his presidency at all is problematic because of his...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 11:32 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

The basic way in which the Pendleton Act did this was by removing politics from the civil service. In the time before the Pendleton Act, government jobs were simply given out based on political...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 8:01 pm UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were the first and last presidents to be assassinated, and this is one reason why they are better remembered. This is not the only reason, however....

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 11:35 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

I think one way to approach this question is to argue that reforms that begin in the civil sector will lead to reforms in the social sector. For example, the civil reform mentioned above of civil...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 10:45 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

It's impossible to answer this question with any great degree of accuracy for the simple reason that Garfield only served as President for just over six months before his assassination. So one can...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 11:50 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

This law was necessary, in the minds of its supporters, because government was becoming too corrupt. Before the Pendleton Act, government jobs were all given out as "patronage." That means that...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 5:35 pm UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

At the time of Garfield's assassination, the spoils system was still very much in operation. This meant that civil service jobs would often be given to friends and associates of the President as a...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019 11:34 am UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

President James A. Garfield was killed by the infection caused by the doctors looking to extract the bullet from his body rather than the bullet itself. In fact, he lived for another 80 days after...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 2:18 pm UTC

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James A. Garfield's Presidency

President James A. Garfield was in the White House for only four months before he was shot. On July 2, 1881, he was in the railroad station in Washington, D.C. when Charles Guiteau shot him....

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 11:15 am UTC

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