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Reminiscences of an Active LifeThe Autobiography of John Roy Lynch$
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John Roy Lynch and John Hope Franklin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731149

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731149.001.0001

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The Garfield Years

The Garfield Years

(p.245) 27 The Garfield Years
Reminiscences of an Active Life

John Roy Lynch

, John Hope Franklin
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter studies the Garfield administration, which started out under most favorable auspices. Roscoe Conkling took an active and leading part in the Senate as a champion and spokesman of the administration. He seemed to have taken it for granted that, although his bitter enemy in the person of James G. Blaine was secretary of state, his own influence with the administration would be potential. In conversation with his personal friends, he insisted that this was a part of the agreement that had been made and entered into at the famous Mentor Conference, about which so much had been said and published. If it were true that Conkling's control of the federal patronage in New York in the event of Republican success was part of the agreement that was made and entered into at the celebrated Mentor Conference, it transpired that Blaine had sufficient influence with the president to bring about its repudiation.

Keywords:   Garfield administration, Roscoe Conkling, United States Senate, James G. Blaine, Mentor Conference, federal patronage, New York, Republican party

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