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The living president's tribute to the dead president

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Print shows a statue of Roscoe Conkling, with cloven hooves, seated on a bench labeled "Supreme Bench" atop a monumental tomb labeled "Sacred to the Memory of J.A. Garfield"; the monument is signed "Guiteau sculpt."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Tombs; Sepulchral monuments; Cemeteries; Presidents--Death; Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Guiteau, Charles J. (Charles Julius), 1841-1882

Date: 1882-03-08

Hyenas at work

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Print shows a pack of hyenas labeled "N.Y. Commercial, N.Y. Sun, N.Y. Herald, Washtn. Post, The Rosecrans Letters, [and] 306" crowded around a sepulchral monument to James A. Garfield labeled "Fame." Those hyenas labeled "306" are pulling on a rope that spells "Slander" tied to the top of the monument. A lightning bolt labeled "Public Contempt" has severed the rope, spilling the hyenas into an abyss labeled "Oblivion." The number "306" represents the number of delegates who supported Ulysses S. Grant for a third term at the 1880 Republican Convention.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Republican National Convention; Hyenas; Newspapers; Corruption; Tombs; Sepulchral monuments; Public opinion; Abyss; Libel and slander; Contempt (Attitude); Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881

Date: 1882-03-22

Shade of A.T.S.-- "Oh, if I could only find my body!"

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Print shows the spirit of Alexander Turney Stewart pulling out his hair as Henry Hilton posts "For Sale" notices on Stewart's commercial enterprises, including the "Grand Union Hotel," the "Windsor Hotel," the "Woman's Park Hotel," the "Chicago House," Stewart's Garden City," and his main building at "10th St. & Broadway," after his widow transferred control to Hilton. Joseph Pulitzer pokes Hilton with a closed umbrella. There is an empty sepulchral monument labeled "Sacred to the Memory of A. T. Stew[art], with a sign that states "To Let" in the right foreground.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Commercial buildings; Sepulchral monuments; Hotels; Inheritance and succession; Ghosts; Tombs; Stores, Retail; New York (State)--New York; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Stewart, Alexander Turney, 1803-1876; Hilton, Henry, 1824-1899

Date: 1882-04-26

The whitwash is too thin

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Print shows George F. Hoar standing in front of a monument that states "To the Eternal Shame of Massachus'tts - Conceived in Corruption Erected in Humanity [?] Tewkesbury"; his hat labeled "Republicans" is under one foot, the other foot in a bucket of whitewash labeled "The Republican Report," and he is holding a large brush with which he has attempted to cover up the text on the stone. This cartoon refers to disturbing events that took place at the State Almshouse at Tewksbury, Massachusetts, prior to 1883. Caption: The Republicans in Massachusetts make an attempt to cover their iniquity.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Monuments; Memorials; Almshouses; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Massachusetts. State Almshouse (Tewksbury, Mass.); Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904

Date: 1883-08-01

They will have to come to it

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James G. Blaine and John Logan stand next to a grave as Whitelaw Reid places a wreath labeled "To the Memory of Discord" on the grave. The tombstone states, "To the Memory of Sectional Strife Buried Nov. 4th 1884." Caption: This decoration day will give our Blainiac friends a good opportunity to recognize an established fact.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Memorial Day; Burial; Tombs; Sepulchral monuments; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Sectionalism (United States); Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886

Date: 1885-05-27

Peace, and the good will of all men

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A large group of men are gathered around a monument to bust Ulysses S. Grant that includes "Grant's Last Letter." Some of the men are laying wreaths at the base, labeled "Southern Soldiers, Northern Soldiers, Our Friend, [and] Old Soldiers." Some of the men are labeled "Capital, Labor, Republican, Democrat, Irish, [and] German." Standing in the background, separate from the others, are William M. Evarts, Whitelaw Reid, James G. Blaine, John A. Logan, George M. Robeson, and another man. Caption: Another lesson for the "Bloody Shirt" patriots.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Portrait sculpture; Busts; Monuments; Sectionalism (United States); Patriotism; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901

Date: 1885-08-05

No more of those hideous monuments!

Description:

Puck grabs the arm of Uncle Sam who is staring in dismay at statues labeled "Coggswell, W.H. Seward Madison Square, Admiral Dupont Washington D.C., Custer West Point, George Washington Union Square, Farragut Madison Sq., LaFayette Union Square, Jackson Washington D.C., A. Lincoln Union Square, Garfield Washington, Hamilton Central Park, [and] Bolivar Central Park." also the "Washington Monument" as a smokestack and the "Bunker Hill Boston" monument as an obelisk. Puck is suggesting that the New York State capitol building, currently under construction, be labeled "'Grant' Free Institute" as a fitting tribute to former president Ulysses S. Grant. Caption: Let us have a memorial of General Grant that will be worthy of a great nation.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Monuments; Memorials; Equestrian statues; Capitols; New York (State); Washington (D.C.); New York (State)--Albany; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885

Date: 1885-08-19

Over-production

Description:

In this vignette cartoon Father Knickerbocker stands at center looking on in dismay at the site of a planned "49" story building near several other skyscrapers already under construction. The surrounding vignettes show an abundance of college athletes, excessive periods of mourning, a spate of frivolous lawsuits with juries that take "busy men" away from their work, "over-production of trashy newspapers and voracious newspaper readers," and overly ostentatious "mausoleums." Caption: Some New Year's reflections on our great national weakness.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Skyscrapers; Tombs; Sepulchral monuments; Grief; Jury duty; New York (State)

Date: 1896-12-30

In memory of the Grant monument dedication, April 27th, 1897

Description:

A large angel of peace stands atop a monument labeled "Grant," on which a Union veteran and a Confederate veteran are placing wreaths labeled "North" and "South."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Memorials; Monuments; Peace; Veterans; Angels; Dedications

Date: 1897-04-28

The Horrors of Peace

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Cartoon depicting the grim reaper at a gravestone for soldiers from the Spanish-American War. At the bottom it reads, "Shall this monument be erected to political incompetence and corruption?"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Soldiers--Death; Sepulchral monuments; Grim Reaper (Symbolic character)

Date: 1898

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