America’s 26th president described his efforts to combat corruption and crime as the New York City Police Commissioner.
“The minute that we make men’s bread and butter depend upon their political action, that action ceases to be influenced by considerations of the public weal, and is taken from considerations of private benefit.”
"It is proper to demand more from the man with exceptional advantages than from the man without them."
“The clerk is bound to feel that there is some duress in the matter, when a committee of the association with which his immediate superior is closely connected requests him for campaign funds. He ought to be allowed to contribute or not, just as he sees fit.”
“We have been able to show clearly to the country at large that people can and do get appointments in the departmental service entirely without regard to politics.”