Theodore Roosevelt

Political Offices

What was his next political position?

President Benjamin Harrison appointed Roosevelt to the position on the Civil Service Commission in 1889. He worked tirelessly against the spoils system and for civil service reform. He believed that President Harrison—whom he supported in the 1888 and 1892 presidential elections—did not pursue civil service reform goals with enough zest. Roosevelt performed well in this position, so much so that President Grover Cleveland, a Democrat, reappointed Roosevelt for another term.


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