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Old jokes in new political clothes

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In this vignette cartoon various presidential candidates are depicted with their trappings. David B. Hill as "The Political Suburban Resident" is overloaded with packages labeled "Low Political Jobs, Petty Schemes, Unsuccessful Intrigues, Tricks, [and] Peanut Politics." William McKinley is "The National Political Brooklynite" pushing a stroller containing papers labeled "High Protection." Thomas C. Platt is "The Obstreperous Cook" with William L. Strong and Levi P. Morton standing in the background. Thomas B. Reed is "The Political Lady with the Big Hat" which is labeled "Presidential Boom" and obscures the view of Benjamin Harrison, John Sherman, and William B. Allison. William A. Peffer is "The Amusing Political Hayseed" of "very ordinary" intellect, but long on whiskers, and George F. Hoar is "The Voluble Political Mother-in-Law" who clears the "U.S. Senate" when he stands to speak.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Politicians; Legislators; Wit and humor; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Strong, William Lafayette, 1827-1900; Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908; Peffer, William Alfred, 1831-1912; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904

Date: 1895-01-30

Letter from William Felix Alexander to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

William Felix Alexander shares a joke and reveals a family connection to President Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: American wit and humor; Dinners and dining; Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915; Roosevelt, Martha Bulloch, 1835-1884; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1831-1878

Date: 1901-11-15

Letter from Curtis Guild to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Curtis Guild relates the events of the Tavern Club's annual Christmas festival and sends the words of a singing "gag" related to the Miles and Schley incidents. All "decent Democrats" and most of the newspapers in Boston have praised President Roosevelt and Secretary Root regarding the incidents. Guild wishes that Crane could have accepted the position as Secretary of the Treasury.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Christmas--Social aspects; Wit and humor; Private clubs; Cabinet officers--Selection and appointment; Press and politics; Holidays; Massachusetts--Boston; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937; Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925; Schley, Winfield Scott, 1839-1911; Crane, Winthrop Murray, 1853-1920; Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919

Date: 1901-12-24

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Robert Underwood Johnson

Description:

President Roosevelt thanks Robert Underwood Johnson for the note and has decided to resign from the Copyright League instead of his current position.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Copyright; Employees--Resignation; American wit and humor; New York (State)--New York

Date: 1902-01-02

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Joseph Ferdinand Keppler and Adolph Schwarzmann

Description:

President Roosevelt sends his thanks for the attitude Puck has taken regarding his administration and offers to be available for interviews in the future.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: American periodicals; Press and politics; Politicians--Interviews; American wit and humor--Periodicals; New York (State)--New York; American Society of Magazine Editors

Date: 1902-01-02

Letter from Eugene Fitch Ware to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Eugene Fitch Ware has been appointed pension commissioner and is pleased that newspapers are printing few fabricated interviews with him. Ware mentions a particular story regarding an exchange of communication with Senator Hanna.  He is getting a great deal of communication from "old soldiers."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Pensions; Wit and humor; Newspapers; United States. Pension Bureau; Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904

Date: 1902-04-19

Letter from Frank P. MacLennan to George B. Cortelyou

Description:

Frank P. McLennan is assisting with advertisements in Emporia, Kansas, while William Allen White is away. He writes to George B. Cortelyou asking if President Roosevelt still finds matters humorous under the weight of his job. If so, he has sent something humorous for Roosevelt. If not, McLennan instructs Cortelyou to throw it in the wastebasket. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Wit and humor; Advertising; Kansas--Emporia; White, William Allen, 1868-1944

Date: 1902-04-24

Letter from Richard Harding Davis to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Richard Harding Davis has been traveling in Latin America and met with President Cipriano Castro of Venezuela. Castro said he is going to send President Roosevelt's son Ted two Venezuelan ponies, and he gave Davis the Grand Cross of the Order of Bolivia. Davis jokes about how he helped run the Venezuelan government but is not respected by the United States. Davis plans to take a trip to Madrid for the Spanish coronation and plans to write about his experiences for Scribner's or Colliers.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Wit and humor; Coronations; Spain; Venezuela; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Castro, Cipriano, 1856?-1924

Date: 1902-04-27

Letter from William Sturgis Bigelow to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

In what appears to be a friendly, joking letter William Sturgis Bigelow mentions Jove, the Queen of Spain, President Roosevelt's back problems, and suggests that the spring would be "favorable for a short and decisive war with Canada."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Wit and humor; Jupiter (Roman deity); Canada; Isabella II, Queen of Spain, 1830-1904

Date: 1902-05-04

Letter from Elihu Root to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

President Roosevelt wants to replace Eugene Ware with Drexel, and Root agrees that Ware should resign. Root asks President Roosevelt to have George B. Cortelyou acquire the resignation or if he will need an artillery company.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Resignation from office; Wit and humor; Ware, Eugene Fitch, 1841-1911; Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940

Date: 1902-05-12

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