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Self-supporter Sammy

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Print shows two images of Samuel J. Tilden, dressed identically, to the left and right of a barrel full of coins, labeled with monogram "SJT." Papers extending from their pockets state "For President, S. J. Tilden. For Governor, S. J. Tilden." Caption: "Mr. Tilden will not support any candidate whom he has not personally selected" Daily Paper.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Barrels; Coins; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886

Date: 1882-05-10

The deadly upas tree of Wall Street

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A large old tree grows at the edge of a body of water, with Albany, New York, on the right, and the U.S. Capitol on the left, in the background. Hanging from the branches are many coins with "$" and a few blossoms labeled "Bribes for Legislation, Bribes for Lawyers, Bribes for Judges, Bribes for Editors, [and] Bribes for Congress." Telegraph lines are tangled in the branches, and the face of Jay Gould is formed by limbs and branches at center. The bodies of several people lay among the debris beneath the tree. Roscoe Conkling is slumped against a row of buildings. "Westbro[?]" has expired over the same row of buildings. A skull labeled "Jim Fisk" lies next to "Whitelaw Reid." Ulysses S. Grant, at center, is labeled "Black Friday." Beneath a railroad is the body of a woman labeled "Stockholder." Against the trunk of the tree is a man labeled "Stockholder E.R.R." who looks a little like Cornelius Vanderbilt, and on the right is Alonzo Cornell labeled "Blind Pool." All appear to have succumbed to greed through the machinations of Jay Gould. Caption: "This tree ... was said to be so exceedingly poisonous that no one could even approach it without certain death." Zell's Encyclopedia.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Bribery; Corruption; Saving and investment; Bonds; Avarice; Trees; Coins; New York (State)--New York--Wall Street; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Cornell, Alonzo B., 1832-1904; Westbrook, Theodoric R., -1885; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Fisk, James, Jr., 1835-1872

Date: 1882-08-30

The financial fakir fooling the farmers

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A man wearing a sash labeled "Harvey," with a horn attached, stands on a platform with stacks of books, pointing to a board that states, "Coin's Financial School - Declare fifty cents Silver to be Worth One Dollar in Gold and You will Make Two Dollars of One Dollar, therefore Silver has Twice the Purchasing Power of Gold. Figures Never Lie. If You Don't Believe This, Buy My Book and Be Convinced! (Only 50 cents a copy)." Standing in front of the platform are several hayseed farmers.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fraud; Farmers; Education; Silver question; Currency question; Peddlers; Silver coins--Prices; Harvey, W. H. (William Hope), 1851-1936

Date: 1895-06-12

Letter from Malcolm Storer to Theodore Roosevelt

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Malcolm Storer, the curator of Harvard University Library's collection of medals, is interested in acquiring medals featuring Harvard alumni. So far, Storer has collected approximately fifty. Many medals will likely be made in President Roosevelt's honor and Storer requests to be sent copies if possible. The only Roosevelt medal currently housed in the collection is "an inferior campaign one."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Medals--Collectors and collecting; Coins; Medals; Libraries--Special collections; Harvard University. Library; Harvard University; Harvard College (1780- )

Date: 1901-11-01

Where We Stand

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Series of editorials on liquor sales, wage earners, labor unions, and the two and a half cent coin.

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Editorials; Religion and politics; Excise tax; Sunday legislation; Wages; Labor unions; Coins, American; Coinage--Law and legislation

Date: 1902-03-09

Letter from A. J. Woodcock to Theodore Roosevelt

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A. J. Woodcock praises President Roosevelt's writings about the West and his embodiment of "the strenuous life."  He presents an old Roman coin that Woodcock's father obtained in Catania, Sicily as a "souvenir of the regard of the sportsmen of America for you, their chief."  Woodcock noticed with interest the recent visit of Chief White Calf and the Blackfeet Indian delegation to the Capitol.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Books and reading; Outdoor recreation; Coins, Roman--Collectors and collecting; Indians of North America; United States, West; Italy--Catania; Grinnell, George Bird, 1849-1938; Woodcock, Albert; White Calf

Date: 1903-02-07

Summary of letter from A. J. Woodcock

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Dr. Woodcock encloses a Roman coin for President Roosevelt that had been collected by Woodcock's father, Albert Woodcock, in Italy. "Strenuous people" enjoyed seeing President Roosevelt communicate with a delegation of Blackfeet Indians in the "old sign language of the mountains and plains."

Resource Type: Report

Subject: Coins, Roman; Gifts; Sign language; Indian sign language; Indians of North America--Communication; Siksika Indians; Piegan Indians; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Woodcock, Albert

Date: 1903-02-07

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Rupert Russ

Description:

President Roosevelt thanks Rupert Russ for the old coins.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Gifts; Coins--Collectors and collecting

Date: 1903-05-04

Letter from Leslie M. Shaw to Theodore Roosevelt

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Secretary Shaw reports that during the last session of Congress, Senator Aldrich argued that the secretary of the treasury has the authority to purchase silver for subsidiary coinage. Shaw discusses the merit of this claim. He believes this issue is not related to the purchase of silver for coinage into standard dollars. Unlike Ebenezer J. Hill, Shaw does not think the subject should be made an issue in the campaign.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Silver coins--Law and legislation; Coinage--Law and legislation; Gold standard; United States. Department of the Treasury; Aldrich, Nelson W. (Nelson Wilmarth), 1841-1915; Hill, Ebenezer J., 1845-1917; Loeb, William, 1866-1937

Date: 1904-08-03

Puck's inventions

Description:

Illustration shows John D. Rockefeller standing on a ladder, dumping coins into a "Patent Disinfector" as a member of the clergy opens a slot and coins pour into a bucket labeled "Purified Cash for Missions". An open trunk labeled "Contributions", full of money bags, is at the base of the ladder.

Caption: The cash purification plant.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Cleaning; Clergy; Coins; Machinery; Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937

Date: 1905-04-12

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