President James Garfield's Political Patronage

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Political Patronage is the act of exchanging jobs or other favors in exchange for political support. President James A. Garfield was elected, with his Stalwart vice president, Chester A. Arthur. James Garfield was an energetic and smart man, ready to dive into his duties as the new president of the United States of American. He would never get the chance though, as he was immediately ensnared in a conflict between his secretary of state, James G. Blaine, and Blaine's Stalwart nemesis, Senator Roscoe Conkling. In the midst of these arguments, an unhappy and mentally ill man named Charles J. Guiteau, who was also a Stalwart, shot President James Garfield in the back at a railroad station in Washington. The President died after eleven weeks, leaving

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