Western Immigration

Pendelton Act

The Pendelton Act was a civil service reform act of the United States and is a federal law established in 1883 that stipulated that government jobs should be awarded the basis of merit. The act provided selection of government employees competetive exams, rather then ties to political affiliation which had always been the basis in the past since the beginning of the time the United States was created. It also made it illegal to fire or demote government employees for political reasons. The act was passed into law on January 16, 1883 by democratic senator of Ohio, George H. Pendelton. It was written by Dorman Bridgeman Eaton.