from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A politician who serves only for a share of the spoils.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who serves a cause or a party for a share of the spoils; in United States politics, one who makes or recognizes a demand for public office on the ground of partisan service; also, one who sanctions such a policy in appointments to the public service.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An advocate of the spoils system; a politician who seeks personal profit at the public cost from the success of his party; one who maintains that party service should be rewarded with public office; one who is opposed to the administration of the civil service on the basis of merit. See spoils system, under spoil, n.
To the astonishment of almost everyone, when Chester Arthur—the quintessential spoilsman—finally took the dead Garfield's place, he discovered that he had principles after all, turned against the system and pushed through the country's first Civil Service Act.
If mental hospitals “can be provided with adequate funds and can be kept free from the slimy hands of spoilsman politics,” observed Overholser, “the psychiatrists of this country may be trusted to raise the standards of the mental hospitals even higher than they are at present.”
But he was certain to be a partisan, a spoilsman, a tool of Tammany Hall and its corrupt boss.
Senator Orville H. Platt, of Connecticut; Senator Cockrell, of Missouri; Congressman (afterwards President) McKinley, of Ohio, and Congressman Dargan, of South Carolina -- who abhorred the business of the spoilsman, who efficiently and resolutely championed the reform at every turn, and without whom the whole reform would certainly have failed.
The Administration of Chester A. Arthur proved that the President had never been so discreditable a spoilsman as the reformers had believed, or else that he had changed his spots.
The decision of Arthur to take counsel from the Stalwarts aroused fears among others of the party that his would be the administration of a spoilsman.
When he became engaged his immediate thought was to find work, and one of his friends secured a position for him in the Boston customhouse, where he weighed coal until he was replaced by a party spoilsman.
Another friend obtained for him political appointment as surveyor of the Salem customhouse; again he was replaced by a spoilsman, and again he complained bitterly.
Bassett's name had been linked to that of Miles, the erring treasurer, in the "Advertiser's" headlines; and its leading editorial had pointed to the defalcation as the sort of thing that inevitably follows the domination of a party by a spoilsman and corruptionist like the senator from Fraser.
When silver was the cry every spoilsman took it up, and the fact is that some of the loudest shouting was done by men who cared not at all for the doctrine.
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