The Democratic Nomination


 "The Severe Test of the Incubator"
  Cartoonist:  unsigned
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   May 7, 1887, p. 336

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Charles Dana (center), editor of the New York Sun, and Joseph Pulitzer (right), editor of the New York World, work an elaborate contraption using solar and wind energy, respectively, in a futile attempt to “hatch” a scheme for making Governor David B. Hill of New York (left) the Democratic presidential nominee in 1888. Although he had served as Grover Cleveland’s lieutenant governor, the two men developed an antagonistic relationship after Cleveland moved to the White House and Hill inherited the governor’s mansion in 1885. Within two years, Dana and Pulitzer were publishing editorials suggesting that Hill replace Cleveland at the top of the party’s national ticket. In the end, Hill decided not to seek the presidential nomination in 1888, but was reelected governor that year.












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