Rutherford B. Hayes Quote
There can be no complete and permanent reform of the civil service until public opinion emancipates congressmen from all control and influence over government patronage. Legislation is required to establish the reform. No proper legislation is to be expected as long as members of Congress are engaged in procuring offices for their constituents.
Diary (14 February 1879) - Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1922 - 1926)