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A Jewel Among Swine

Topic:
Looking for Votes
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
February 24, 1877, p. 141
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This cover cartoon by Thomas Nast aptly represents the corruption related to the disputed electoral votes in Louisiana as a pigsty. The head of that state's returning board, J. M. Wells, tried to bribe both parties. He sent Colonel John T. Pickett to offer Abram Hewitt, national chairman of the Democratic party, Louisiana's votes in exchange for $1,000,000 (note the sign behind the standing pig), but Hewitt declined. Pickett also negotiated, without Wells' knowledge, with other Democrats.
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