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“Beware! For He Is Very Hungry and Very Thirsty”

Topic:
Election Results
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
November 29, 1884, pp. 786-787
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One week after celebrating pictorially the victory of Democrat Grover Cleveland in the presidential election, cartoonist Thomas Nast exhorts the president-elect to stand firm against the Democratic hunger for political spoils. Having been out of the White House for nearly 30 years, many Democrats would clamor for their fair share of political patronage. The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883 estimated a merit system of hiring for government appointments, but it covered only a limited number of jobs. It was important to civil service reformers like Nast that the next president, who could expand the number by executive order, be committed to the reform.
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