American Political Leaders by Richard L. Wilson

By Richard L. Wilson

Profiles of significant figures in American politics, from Bella Abzug via Woodrow Wilson, prepared alphabetically, via zone of job, and by way of 12 months of start.

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Foreign Policy Since 1900. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Palmer, Frederick. Newton D. Baker: America At War. New York: Kraus, 1969. Thornton, Willis. Newton D. Baker and His Books. Cleveland, Ohio: Press of Western Reserve University, 1954. Ballinger, Richard Achilles (1858–1922) secretary of the interior Richard Achilles Ballinger was at the center of the first genuine scandal surrounding conservation and the preservation of the environment in the United States.

Bass’s supporters were incensed when the East Tennessee Republicans— having only unopposed candidates in their own primary—voted in the Democratic primary to defeat Bass and nominate Clement. Not only was there this vehement split among the Tennessee Democrats, but nationally the Democrats also suffered political reverses on both civil rights and the Vietnam War. By 1966, the political tide had turned sharply against President LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON and the Democratic Party. This time Baker defeated the Democratic nominee, Frank Clement, with ease.

New York: John Wiley, 1997. Arthur, Chester Alan (1830–1886) president, vice president, party leader Nicknamed the “Gentleman Boss,” Chester Arthur was expected to be a loyal Republican Party spoils man, who gave jobs to the party workers who had helped the party win under the custom of the spoils system of public employment of the times. However, his elevation to the presidency in the wake of the assassination of JAMES ABRAM GARFIELD by a disappointed office seeker led to one of the most dramatic political reversals in American history as Arthur turned to civil service reform during his presidency.

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