Tilden and Tammany Hall


 "A Call for Tweed"
  Cartoonist:  A. B. Frost
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   August 19, 1876, p. 684

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
In 1871 Samuel Tilden joined (albeit reluctantly) the Committee of Seventy, an organization which helped topple the corrupt Tweed Ring of New York City. Tilden then used his new reform credentials to win a seat in the state legislature in 1872 and the governorship in 1874. In the latter position he confirmed his reform reputation by prosecuting the crooked Canal Ring. Republican cartoonists, however, tried to link Tilden with Boss Tweed's malfeasance.

Tweed escaped from jail in December 1875 and later fled the country for Spain. In this cartoon Frost portrays Tilden, with "Reform" imprinted on the sole of his shoe, loudly pining for Tweed's return so that the candidate can get a share of the convict's loot. After this cartoon appeared, Tweed was apprehended by Spanish officials in September 1876 and deported to the United States. He died in the Ludlow Street jail (New York City) in April 1878.













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