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A map of the city of Washington in the District of Columbia

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Engraved map of the city of Washington in the District of Columbia. Created by Robert King, a surveyor for the city of Washington. In the bottom left corner is a view of the south front of the President's House. In the bottom right corner is a view of the east front of the Capitol of the United States. Mason's Island, later Theodore Roosevelt Island, can be seen on the left of the map.

Resource Type: Map

Subject: Maps; Washington (D.C.); Washington (D.C.)--Theodore Roosevelt Island; White House (Washington, D.C.); United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1818

Another restorer of antiquities à la Cesnola

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Print shows Charles A. Dana as an archaeologist who has just excavated a statue labeled "S.J.T." and "Buried in 1876" from "Greystone," behind which Henry Watterson, on the left, and John Kelly, on the right, glower and gesture in anger. Dana is using "Newspaper Cement" to attach arms, hands, and feet labeled "Popular Enthusiasm" and "New Political Footing" to the statue. One arm and hand with a flower labeled "Clean Record" have already been pinned in place. There is a basket of tools labeled "Editorials" and a pick labeled "Wire Pulling" at Dana's side. In the background, a banner atop the White House states "Presidential Museum."  Caption: C. A. Dana (having excavated an Old Fossil) "I guess I can palm him off on the people for their Museum in 1884!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Sculpture; Antiquities; Fossils; Presidents--Elections; Newspaper editors; Archaeologists; White House (Washington, D.C.); Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Cesnola, Luigi Palma di, 1832-1904

Date: 1882-04-05

Rushing the season

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Print shows the interior of the "Political Hot House" where many plants with the heads of politicians are potted and labeled with botanical names, for example "Butleria Cockeya," "McVeaghia No Chancea," "Tildenus Fossilis," "Blainea Sunstrokea," "Hewittia Tariffia," "Shermania Honestia," and "Thurmania Ragbabia." At center is a figure fashioned from quill pens, a drum labeled "Press," and newspapers labeled "Louisville Courier Journal, N. Y. Sun, Tribune, Herald, Advertiser, Times, [and] Cincinnati C[...]," holding a potted plant labeled "Arthuria Accidentalia." A politician holding a spade labeled "Out of a Job" gestures toward the door of the greenhouse. In the background is the "White House." Among the plants are Rutherford B. Hayes, Thomas F. Bayard, Winfield Scott Hancock, George B. McClellan, Roscoe Conkling, Cyrus W. Field, Samuel J. Tilden, Allen G. Thurman, John Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Wayne MacVeagh, George F. Edmunds, William M. Evarts, Benjamin F. Butler, Abram S. Hewitt, Chester A. Arthur, James G. Blaine, David Davis, and a plant identified as "Adams Icebergea."  Caption: Unoccupied Politician "Oh, I assure you, my dear Mr. Press, it's none too early to begin to set out the Presidential Plants!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Greenhouses; Plants; Plants, Potted; Politicians; Newspapers; White House (Washington, D.C.); Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1865-1940; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; MacVeagh, Wayne, 1833-1917; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895

Date: 1882-04-05

A sop to Cerberus

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Print shows Chester Alan Arthur offering a "Bill Excluding Chinese for 10 Years," in the shape of a Chinese man's face, to a three-headed Cerberus labeled "Western Vote" with the heads labeled "Demagogue, Hoodlum, [and] Irish." At Arthur's feet is a basket labeled "Sops for Everybody," and he holds a rope behind his back labeled "2nd Term Aspirations." The Cerberus is guarding the narrow path through the forest to the White House labeled "1884," which shines in the distance.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Cerberus (Greek mythology); Presidents--Elections; Animal feeding; Legislation; Chinese; Irish; White House (Washington, D.C.); Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886

Date: 1882-05-17

Still waiting

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Print shows several men with brooms and shovels locked outside a fence with a large, spiked gate labeled "Civil Service Reform", among them are Thomas F. Bayard, Samuel J. Tilden, Henry Watterson, Charles A. Dana, and John Kelly. Inside the fence, on the sides of the gate, are Chester A. Arthur and George W. Curtis. In the distance is the White House flying a flag that states "Possession is nine points of the law!!!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Civil service reform; Presidents--Elections; Gates; White House (Washington, D.C.); Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Curtis, George William, 1824-1892; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921

Date: 1883-08-15

Helping the rascals in - a burglarious scheme that may be suddenly spoiled

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James G. Blaine, wearing a top hat with three plumes, a sack labeled "For the Plunder" hanging from his neck, and a paper tied at his waist that states "20 Years on the Make," attempts to break into the "White House" through an open window. He is being supported from below by Benjamin F. Butler who is sitting on the back of Charles A. Dana who is holding "The Sun" newspaper dated "June 16, 1884," on which is written "Turn the Rascals Out!" Puck's figure for the Independent Party has just come around the corner carrying a stick labeled "Independent Vote."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Robbery; Criminals; Presidents--Elections; White House (Washington, D.C.); Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893

Date: 1884-10-22

The issue

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John Kelly holds a shillelagh in one hand and a rope tied to an injured tiger labeled "Tammany" with bandages labeled "1880, 1882, [and] 1884" in the other, standing outside the "White House" gate. Grover Cleveland stands on the other side of the wall, holding a rifle. A sign posted on the wall states, "Resolved that - Tammany Hall recommends to the attention of the Presidents the prominent members of this organization as worthy of recognition in selection for public service. March 13th." Caption: John Kelly - "What say you - Peace or War?" / Cleveland - "War, Johnny, war!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Patronage, Political; Civil service reform; Tiger; Interpersonal confrontation; Tammany Hall; White House (Washington, D.C.); Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Kelly, John, 1821-1886

Date: 1885-03-25

The carol of the "waits"

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A group of office seekers labeled "McLean, Pulitzer, Dorsheimer, Blackburn, McLaughlin, Hill, [and] Dana" sing Christmas carols outside the "White House" where President Cleveland is visible through a window. Their carol goes: "God rest you, merry gentlemen, / May nothing you dismay; / Remember us poor spoilsmen left / This blessed Christmas Day. / Since Christmas comes but once a year, / Oh, let us share your Christmas cheer, / And chuck one little office here / On Christmas Day in the A. M."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Christmas; Caroling; Patronage, Political; Civil service reform; White House (Washington, D.C.); Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; McLean, John Roll, 1848-1916; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Blackburn, Joseph C. S. (Joseph Clay Stiles), 1838-1918; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; McLaughlin, Hugh, 1827-1904; Dorsheimer, William, 1832-1888

Date: 1885-12-23

Quite true!

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Edward O. Wolcott flies toward the "White House" after getting booted home from England on the foot of Lord "Salisbury." Caption: "President McKinley's bimetallic commission has started for home" - Daily Papers.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Bimetallism; Diplomacy; White House (Washington, D.C.); Wolcott, Edward Oliver, 1848-1905; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Salisbury, Robert Cecil, Marquess of, 1830-1903

Date: 1897-11-17

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Davis Long

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Assistant Secretary Roosevelt has consulted with Colonel Bingham and John Addison Porter, Secretary to President McKinley. It is agreed that Secretary Long should issue a directive that all officers of the Navy attending an official function at the White House should be in full dress.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Military uniforms; Navies--Officers; United States. Navy; White House (Washington, D.C.); Bingham, Theo. A. (Theodore Alfred), 1858-1934

Date: 1898-01-22

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