The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act

The way that the United States’ government operated drastically changed after the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883. The non-reformists in the legislative branch tried their best to hold onto the patronage system that had provided them with immense fortunes. The bill only proposed that ten percent of the federal government workers be hired on merit, but that small percentage quickly changed the course of history. In quick time it grew to encompass almost every significant position in the federal government. The merit system protected these classified workers from job instability due to their political standings. The Act also protected the wages and well being of these classified employees by excluding them from being coerced into patronage. No longer were they required to pay assessments to their superiors. The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act made sure the right people got the job eventually. The act also set the precedent for the future which led to many more sectors of the government receiving similar protections and requirements for entry.



Alex Dunn