THE PRESIDENCY: The Hoover Week: Jan. 27, 1930

To improve the quality of U. S. diplomatic representation abroad was one of the prime aims of President Hoover on taking office. The impression grew that, all other things being equal, he would favor career diplomats in appointments over politicians or their friends. Until last week the President had made 26 appointments, of which the career men had secured twelve (including China, Venezuela, Guatemala, Santo Domingo, Costa Rica et al), noncareer men eleven (including Britain, France, Germany, Cuba, Austria) and men betwixt-and-between three (Spain, Holland. Italy).

Last week noncareer diplomatic appointments went...

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