In 1904, Democrats were torn between their progressive and conservative factions as they faced an erratic Republican president. Sound familiar? Let’s see how this one turned out!
The Half-Breed reformers in the Republican Party had another win with the election of President James A. Garfield. He was ready to finish the job President Hayes started on civil service reform. But Stalwarts like Vice President Chester A. Arthur were intent on maintaining the morally questionable Spoils System. Meanwhile, the Democrats were preparing to make their case as the true party of integrity.