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"Crafty Old Tar from Maine"

Topic:
The Republican Nomination
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
William Allen Rogers
Date:
June 18, 1887, p. 448
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The “Crafty Old Tar [i.e., sailor] from Maine” in this cartoon is James G. Blaine, the Republican presidential nominee in 1884 and the party’s frontrunner for the 1888 nomination. The former congressman, senator, and secretary of state left for a 14-month European vacation in June 1887, about the time this cartoon was published. He told loyalists not to work toward his presidential nomination, but expectations of his candidacy continued unabated during his overseas travels, even though he made two public statements that his name would not be placed in nomination.

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