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“The Mistake of a Lifetime”

Topic:
Mugwumps
Source:
Judge
Cartoonist:
Frank Beard
Date:
August 16, 1884, p. 201
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Based on Democratic presidential nominee Grover Cleveland's Maria Halpin scandal, this cartoon presents Harper's Weekly editor George William Curtis as a seduced and abandoned woman. Curtis led the New York committee of Independent Republicans who bolted their party upon its nomination of James Blaine, and endorsed his Democratic rival. In his editorials, Curtis attacked Blaine's domestic and foreign policies, but especially his reputation as a corrupt influence-peddler.

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