Paul P. Van Riper Quotes

Lincoln left the bulk of the nominations for presidential as well as for subordinate offices to his political friends and advisors. The military forces as well as the civilian establishment were exploited freely, and political generals were notoriously numerous. With more offices at his disposal than any president up to that time, … Lincoln appears to have used — or permitted the use of — the appointing power at his command as deliberately as they could have been used for practical, and usually partisan, political purposes.

 
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Paul P. Van Riper, Political Scientist & Historian, Quoted in Murray Rothbard, Bureaucracy and the Civil Service in the United States

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