Democratic Nomination


 “He Courts the Mother and Means the Daughter”
  Cartoonist:  Joseph Keppler
  Source:  Puck
  Date:   June 4, 1884, p. 153

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Former New York governor and presidential nominee (1876) Samuel Tilden is courted by the Democratic party for the 1884 nomination. Tilden was influential as a party elder and a sentimental favorite among party members who believed the presidency had been stolen from him by the Electoral College Commission. Tilden's advanced age and numerous physical infirmities, though, precluded him from being a viable candidate. He reluctantly (and belatedly) withdrew his name from consideration. Democratic flattery of Tilden is here identified as a ploy to get access to his wealth ("barrel of money") in order to finance the upcoming campaign. The real object of the Democratic party's affection in this cartoon is the hardworking current governor of New York, Grover Cleveland, who appears busily sewing up reform bills in the New York state assembly.












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