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Origin of spoils system
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Those were the days when the 'spoils-system' had begun to act with corrosive effect on public affairs and public men.
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Cultural definitions for spoils system
The practice of appointing applicants to public offices as a reward for their loyalty to the political party in power. The term comes from a statement by a senator in the 1830s: “To the victor belong the spoils.” Reform of the system commenced in the 1880s with the introduction of merit as the basis of appointment to office. (See James A. Garfield, machine politics, and patronage.)