Jackson set about dismantling the patronage system

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Jackson set about dismantling the patronage system, a system aptly summarized by  one of its supporters as "to the victor goes the spoils." Many government positions were  appointed by the President or other public officials as a way to reward loyal party  supporters. Jackson believed that such a system opened up the government to  "incompetent hands." The alternate system he supported, though, did not go so far as to  grant tenure to civil service employees–as future Presidents would–but instead  advocated rotation of the jobs so that no one person would hold a position forever.  Unfortunately, despite the high promises Jackson made early on, he only replaced nine  percent of federal employees during his eight years as President–a figure that included  retirements, deaths, and transfers. In his first message to Congress, Jackson laid out an ambitious set of goals: eliminating 
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