Election Results


 “No Change is Necessary, General Hancock"
  Cartoonist:  Thomas Nast
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   November 20, 1880, pp. 744-745

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
The respect that many Americans, including Republicans like artist Thomas Nast, had for Democratic presidential nominee General Winfield Hancock is exemplified in this sympathetic post-election illustration. Sitting before his fireplace, a disappointed Hancock is consoled by Columbia, who tells him of the nation's gratitude for his heroic military service during the Civil War. Dimly visible above the mantel is a portrait of Napoleon. More prominent on the adjoining wall is a picture of Fort Columbus (today, Fort Jay), Governor's Island, New York, where Hancock was stationed as commander of the U.S. Army's Atlantic Division. Following the election, he returned to his post. In 1886, he died while on duty there.












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