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1868 presidential campaign cartoon

 

This cartoon supports Grant's 1868 presidential campaign by humorously reinforcing both his toughness and his populist credentials as the "Galena Tanner." New York Governor John Thompson Hoffman (known as the Great Sachem of Tammany, New York's notorious political machine), presents Grant with "a couple more hides to be tanned" -- those belonging to his Democratic opponents, Horatio P. Seymour and running mate Francis P. Blair. Grant confidently replies, "Well I'll finish them off early in November"-- and who can doubt it, with the job he did on Confederate Generals Lee, Buckner and Pemberton, still smarting behind him?