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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to H. D. Minot

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Assemblyman Roosevelt expresses surprise that he went into politics, declaring that he only "went to oust a machine man who had misrepresented us a year or two in the legislature." Roosevelt declares that he will return to law after the session is over.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Politicians; State governments

Date: 1881-11-15

Rushing the season

Description:

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

Puck's pyrotechnics - Fourth-of-July fireworks free to all

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Print shows a fireworks display with Puck bowing on a stage in front of a "Fan Light" featuring the likenesses of William H. Vanderbilt, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and Jay Gould; on stage with Puck is a hand holding a smoldering torch which may represent Bartholdi's hand and torch from the Statue of Liberty. On the left is a pagoda labeled "Puck Office" and on the right is a building labeled "Tammany Hall." Among the fireworks are many faces of politicians and other prominent figures of the day, some labeled by type of firework, such as "Chicago Shower" - Arthur, Grant, Conkling, Logan and Cameron; "Tumbler" - Tilden; "Twister" - Schurz; "The Falling Tammany Star" - Kelly; "Bomb" - Davis; "Junk Whizzler" - Robeson; "Polar Rocket" - Bennett; "Buster" - Butler; and "Star Route Staggerer" - Dorsey. Others shown are James G. Blaine, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Tilton(?), Thomas De Witt Talmage, and Theodore Tilton.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fourth of July; Fourth of July celebrations; Fireworks; Capitalists and financiers; Politicians; Monopolies; Pagodas; Scandals; Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.); Tammany Hall; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887; Bennett, James Gordon, 1841-1918; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Talmage, T. De Witt (Thomas De Witt), 1832-1902; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Tilton, Elizabeth M. Richards, 1834-; Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907

Date: 1882-07-05

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

Our national dog-show

Description:

At a dog show, a variety of breeds are competing. In the upper left corner, labeled the "Judges' Stand," are several newspaper editors, including James Gordon Bennett, Whitelaw Reid, Murat Halstead, Charles A. Dana, Henry Watterson, and George W. Curtis. They are judging two dogs, Winfield Scott Hancock and Samuel J. Tilden. Other dogs depicted are "Sesquipedalian Sleuth Hound Evarts, Mulligan Mongrel, Rossa Runt - take care dangerous, Lap Dogs Monopoly Breed", also Chester A. Arthur, William Mahone, Thomas C. Platt, Roscoe Conkling, James D. Cameron, John Logan, "Pointer Bayard, Tammany Tarrier, House Dog Edson, Dachshund, Toby Dog, Poodle, Water-dog," David Davis, U.S. Grant, "Tewksbury Ratter, Hoar-Hound, Hybrid Hayes" and at center, "Puck's entry Cleveland [and] S. Low."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Dog shows; Politicians; Newspaper editors; Presidents--Elections; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Low, Seth, 1850-1916; Bennett, James Gordon, 1841-1918; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Curtis, George William, 1824-1892; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Halstead, Murat, 1829-1908; O’Donovan Rossa, Jeremiah, 1831-1915; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Edson, Franklin, 1832-1904

Date: 1883-05-09

The grand opening march over the Brooklyn Bridge

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A large procession crosses the newly-completed Brooklyn Bridge. At the front, dressed as policemen with nightsticks, are several newspaper editors. Among them are James Gordon Bennett, Oswald Ottendorfer, Whitelaw Reid, Murat Halstead, Joseph Pulitzer, Charles A. Dana, and Carl Schurz. Puck follows at center on a white horse, with a group of dandies on the right, one labeled "Freddie," and a group of "Political Tramps" on the left, including George M. Robeson, Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas C. Platt, James G. Blaine, and Roscoe Conkling. John Kelly is at the lead of the "Tammany Heelers," followed by Hubert O. Thompson with the "New York Street Cleaning Department." Behind them comes "Puck's Monopoly Target Company" with Russell Sage, William H. Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, and Cyrus W. Field. On the left is a masonic group labeled "F. & A.M." carrying a goat on a pedestal. Beneath the bridge is a boat labeled "The Dynamiter" filled with angry anarchists. Caption: Puck follows the example of the illustrated newspapers, and gives an accurate picture of the event one day before it takes place - and don't you forget it!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Parades; Parties; Newspaper editors; Politicians; Dandies; Civil service--Employees; New York (State)--New York--Brooklyn Bridge; Ottendorfer, Oswald, 1826-1900; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Bennett, James Gordon, 1841-1918; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Thompson, Hubert O. (Hubert Ogden), 1848-1886; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Halstead, Murat, 1829-1908

Date: 1883-05-23

Puck's coaching parade, 1883

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Eight stagecoaches stand in a procession, each jammed with passengers. Riding in the first coach, labeled "Republican Harmony Coach," are Chester A. Arthur, Roscoe Conkling, James G. Blaine, John A. Logan, Ulysses S. Grant, James D. Cameron, George W. Curtis, John Sherman, John F. Miller(?) and an unidentified man. Riding in the second coach, labeled "Dem. Love Feast Coach" and "One Republican thrown in to please Mr. Dana," are Charles A. Dana, Benjamin F. Butler, Edward Cooper, Rutherford B. Hayes, Franklin Edson, Samuel J. Tilden, John Kelly, and Hubert O. Thompson. Riding in the third coach, labeled "Heavy Hack," are Cardinal John McCloskey, Robert Ingersoll, "Jacobs, Potter, Storrs," Howard Crosby, Henry W. Beecher, and Theodore Tilton. Riding in the fourth coach, labeled "Monopoly," are William H. Vanderbilt, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, Jay Gould, and a box labeled Henry Clay. Riding in the fifth coach, labeled "Thespis," are Lester Wallack, Rose Coghlan, Marie Geistinger, "T.P., J.E. Pearson, Levy," Dion Boucicault, Edward Harrigan, and Tony Hart. The sixth coach is labeled "Homeopathy"; the seventh coach is labeled "Allopathy"; and the eighth coach is labeled "The Bruiser." The horses pulling this last coach wear boxing gloves. Caption: [If this takes, we will have another one next year.]

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Parades; Carriages and carts; Politicians; Capitalists and financiers; Actors; Physicians; Boxers (Sports); Harrigan & Hart; Wallack, Lester, 1820-1888; Boucicault, Dion, 1820-1890; Coghlan, Rose, 1851-1932; Geistinger, Marie, 1833-1903; Harrigan, Edward, 1844-1911; Hart, Tony, 1855-1891

Date: 1883-06-13

Put 'em on ice!

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Uncle Sam puts politicians, newspaper editors, and others on "Ice" in an icehouse to keep them cool until campaign time for the presidential election. Among those depicted are Ulysses S. Grant, Roscoe Conkling, James G. Blaine, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin F. Butler, Allen G. Thurman, Samuel J. Randall, George M. Robeson, Samuel J. Tilden, David Davis, John A. Logan, George F. Edmunds, Thomas Bayard, Abram S. Hewitt, Grover Cleveland, Lucius Q.C. Lamar, Daniel W. Voorhees, William Mahone, James D. Cameron, Carl Schurz, Whitelaw Reid, James G. Bennett, John Kelly, Joseph B. Foraker setting off firecrackers attached to the tails of Uncle Sam's coat, George Hoadly, Henry Watterson, John Sherman, Thomas Hendricks, Henry Ward Beecher, and Stephen W. Dorsey trying to light a stick of dynamite labeled "Bulldozing Threats" beneath Uncle Sam.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Presidents--Elections; Icehouses; Politicians; Newspaper editors

Date: 1883-07-04

The political Sam'ls of Posen

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Print shows a large group of political peddlers trying to sell their goods to Columbia as mistress of the house. Among those shown are Samuel J. Tilden selling "Tribulation Toys"; Benjamin F. Butler with "Elastic Politics" suspenders; Ulysses S. Grant, "306" on his watch chain, with a sack of "War Record" and "Old Clo's"; Roscoe Conkling with a bag of "Stalwart Stationery"; James G. Blaine offering his card "J. Blaine Fancy Goods" with a bag of "Southern Policy [and] Fancy Notions"; Thomas Hendricks; Chester A. Arthur; David Davis peddling "D. Davis's Soap will Scour Both Parties"; Abram S. Hewitt; William Evarts; Allen G. Thurman with a sack of "Rag Babies"; John A. Logan peddling "Logan Bombast"; Grover Cleveland with a sack of "Clean Shirts"; Thomas Bayard peddling "Dodge Salve" and "Bayards No Policy"; John Sherman with "Honest Hosiery"; and Winfield Scott Hancock with "Clean Gloves." Dashing up in the background are "Johann Kelly & Co., Samuells Randall & Co., [and] Gen. Sherman U.S.A." Uncle Sam is sitting, in the upper left, with his feet on the railing of the second floor porch. Caption: Columbia - "Not to-day - some other day!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Columbia (Symbolic character); Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Peddlers; Jews; Politicians; Presidents--Elections; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Randall, Samuel J. (Samuel Jackson), 1828-1890

Date: 1883-07-25

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Assemblyman Roosevelt is unaware where a sketch of his life could be found. He provides a brief outline of his life with particular emphasis on his political activities.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Politicians--Biography; Americans--Politics and government; Charity; Hunting; New York (State). Legislature. Assembly; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1831-1878; Roosevelt, Martha Bulloch, 1835-1884; Roosevelt, Alice Lee, 1861-1884

Date: 1884-05-01

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