Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
When the new government of the United States was put into operation, one of the first tasks with which it had to deal was that of filling offices, in order that the Constitution and the laws passed under it might be enforced. President Washington, whose chief characteristics were good judgment and punctilious exactness, was allowed to use his discretion in the question of qualifications. He realized the difference between appointing men barely fit to fill their offices, and appointing those who were most fit.
Herron, Josephine B., "The Defects of the Civil Service System" (1931). Graduate Thesis Collection. Paper 190.