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Our congressman

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A richly dressed man stands in the street in a neighborhood of lavish homes, with two large bags of money hanging at his sides, labeled "Profits as Attorney at Law" and "Profits as Claim-Agent." A smaller bag, labeled "Salary," hangs at his waist.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Politicians; Legislators--Salaries, etc.; Wealth; Self-incrimination; United States. Congress

Date: 1883-02-14

It doesn't look much like it

Description:

Uncle Sam uses a pitchfork to pile up money labeled "$160,000,000.00 Yearly" as food for a "U.S. White Elephant" wearing a military hat labeled "Pensions." Caption: "Has the moth of avarice, the canker of greed, so eaten into the hearts of this generation that they are unmindful of these men? God forbid!" (From Harrison's speech to the G.A.R. encampment.)

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Government spending policy; Pensions; Debts, Public; Elephants; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901

Date: 1893-09-20

An old fable brought up to date

Description:

A "countryman" labeled "Rep. Party" carries a whip and drives a donkey labeled "Taxpayer" who is carrying a large sack labeled "War Tariff" that contains a counter weight labeled "Iniquitous Pensions" on its back. Caption: A countryman having some grain to carry to the mill, was bothered as to how to balance the load upon his donkey's back. Finally he hit upon the expedient of placing a large stone in the other end of the sack. Thus did he balance matters to his great satisfaction; - but to the doubling of the load on the donkey.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Political parties--Platforms; Tariff; Pensions; Taxation; Country life; Donkeys; Lifting and carrying; Fables; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1893-12-13

I'm the man that broke the bank of Uncle Sam

Description:

A man labeled "Pension Fraud" holds fists full of money and stands on a stage, singing, with two musicians on the left and the "U.S. Treasury" in the background. Includes text of the song - "Now I've got my pension, I'm a gent!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Pensions; Fraud; Debts, Public; Theater; Singing

Date: 1894-05-23

Progress and poverty - a decoration day study

Description:

Waves of veterans march through a memorial arch on "Decoration Day," carrying banners that state, "We will continue to save the country, so long as there is a dollar in the Treasury" and "Army of Pensioners." On the right, Uncle Sam is wearing tattered clothes and sits on a step with the U.S. Capitol in the background. He is holding out his hat labeled "Deficit" and a sign that states "I Am Busted."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Pensions; Debts, Public; Beggars; Veterans

Date: 1895-05-29

Our national dime museum

Description:

A bloated Civil War veteran sits on a chair beneath a sign that states, "How the Fatman has grown. Number of Pensioners over 30 Years After the Close of the War 976,014. Number in waiting 200,000." On display next to him is Uncle Sam sitting on a chair beneath a sign that states, "The Living Skeleton. He has run behind $46,000,000 in 5 months and the Fatman keeps on Worrying him." At the base of the pedestal where they are sitting is a sign that states, "What it cost to raise Him. Pensions appropriation in 1866 $13,500,000... in 1897 $142,000,000. Unless policy is entirely changed it will soon require - $160,000,000."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Veterans; Pensions; Obesity

Date: 1898-01-05

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

Description:

Assistant Secretary Roosevelt has asked the Secretary of the Navy to reassign William Sheffield Cowles away from the South. Roosevelt is increasingly concerned over Anna Roosevelt Cowles' health, as well as that of Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Edith Roosevelt. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Military orders; Military pensions; Health; Diseases; Convalescence; Influenza; Headache in children; New Jersey--Atlantic City; United States. Department of the Navy; Cowles, Wm. S. (William Sheffield), 1846-1923; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948

Date: 1898-04-01

Letter from Mrs. William Kirby to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Mrs. William Kirby requests assistance in obtaining a military pension for her late husband, who died in Florida while serving during the Spanish-American War.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Military pensions; Kirby, William

Date: 1901

Letter from Sebastian Kerber to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Sebastian Kerber summarizes his war record and difficulties with the Pension Board. He thanks Vice President Roosevelt for offering to look into his case, but declines as his appeal is pending.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Military pensions; Veterans--Employment; United States. Pension Bureau

Date: 1901-08-24

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Mrs. Warren J. Shepherd

Description:

Vice President Roosevelt tells the wife of Medal of Honor recipient Warren J. Shepherd that he will see what he can do for her husband. He asks if she has filed a pension application and if so to provide him with the claim number.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: El Caney, Battle of (Cuba : 1898); Medal of Honor; Military pensions; Cuba--El Caney

Date: 1901-08-27

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