Federal Patronage

Archive Report

Federal Political Patronage in 1949

Effect of Prosperity on Pressure for Patronage

If Republican Candidate Dewey becomes President elect Dewey on November 2, as the political polls now indicate, an early task for him and his lieutenants will be to consider distribution of the federal patronage accruing to his party when the new administration takes office in January. Nearly 16 years have elapsed since control of the Executive Branch of the federal government passed from one party to another, and the last time the Republicans returned to power after a period in the political wilderness was nearly 28 years ago. It is thus a long time since either party, and particularly the Republican party, has had to deal with the patronage problems that attend a shift ...

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