James Garfield Reforms

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After President Hayes decided to leave office in the year 1880, there was a big stalemate occurring within the Republican party on who would become the next presidential candidate. Within the Republican convention, the fight was between the stalwarts and the reformers. After several months of debating, James Garfield was chosen to become the next president while Chester Arthur would become the vice president. This was decided so that both sides could have a representative within the Executive Branch. President Garfield supported the idea of reforms, and worked hard to rid of patronage and allow civil services to prevail, continuing the efforts of Rutherford Hayes. However, just a year later, President Garfield would be assassinated by Charles

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