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Unformatted text preview: When Jackson arrived at the trashed White House the next morning, he set about furthering his agenda. He selected Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State, Samuel D. Ingham as Treasury Secretary, John Eaton as head of the War Department, and John Branch as head of the Navy Department. With the exception of Van Buren, Jackson's cabinet officers were not, to put it mildly, first- ratelikely an intentional move designed to ensure Jackson's dominance over his advisors. Jackson also kept an unofficial group of advisors, nicknamed the "Kitchen Cabinet," composed of friends from Tennessee, newspaper editors, and other supporters. 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...
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- Fall '08