Fremont's Candidacy


  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  Leslie's Illustrated
  Date:   June 26, 1864, p. 224

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Caption: Cochrane- "Now , General, that we are nominated we must give them Jessie."

Fremont - "I scorn the fiendish proposal. Make it rats and I am with you."

Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This discussion between the national ticket of the Radical Democracy-Congressman John Cochrane, the vice-presidential nominee, and General John Fremont, the presidential nominee-points to the popularity of the latter's wife, Jessie. When Cochrane advises using her to generate interest in their campaign, a shocked Fremont responds disdainfully that he would give the public rats instead. At the time, it was unusual for wives of candidates to play a visible role in their husbands' campaigns (see "Role of Women" in Campaigning).












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