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By Richard L. Wilson

Profiles of significant figures in American politics, from Bella Abzug via Woodrow Wilson, prepared alphabetically, by means of sector of task, and by way of yr of beginning.

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S. secretary of the treasury. He promoted a plan to help underdeveloped nations stimulate their economies and pay down their debts. This so-called Baker plan failed, but Baker did succeed modestly in lowering the value of the dollar so that the burden was temporarily eased. In 1988, Baker again left his governmental position to run a national presidential campaign for Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush. He handily outmaneuvered the other Republican hopefuls and then pulled off a come-from-behind victory for Bush over the Democratic nominee, Michael Dukakis.

He departed from tradition by giving an inaugural speech praising his predecessor and promising he would earnestly pursue the reforms Garfield had planned to make. 20 Atchison, David Rice If his political cronies thought he was kidding, they were disabused of that notion as Arthur promoted civil service reform. He did not fire Garfield’s “Half-breed” appointees and replace them with “Stalwarts” as his Stalwart friends wished. He worked in the context of a Congress almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats to pass the 1883 Pendleton Act.

House of Representatives in 1971 and died February 2, 2000. Further Reading Albert, Carl Bert. The Office and the Duties of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. S. Government Printing Office, 1976. Albert, Carl Bert, and Danney Goble. Little Giant: The Life and Times of Speaker Carl Albert. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990. S. ambassador to the United Nations. She emerged from a family with a long history of diplomatic service. She was born Madeleine Korbell on May 15, 1937, in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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