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James G. Blaine signs a small cabinet photograph.
Cabinet Photograph of an engraved lithograph signed: "James G. Blaine". Sepia, 4¼x6½ overall, image 4¼x5½ (two surfaces). Signed in lower margin beneath image. The name of Maine politician James G. Blaine (1830-1893), was placed in nomination at five consecutive Republican National Conventions: 1876-1892. He was nominated for president once, on the fourth ballot at the Republican National Convention held in Chicago's Exposition Hall, June 3-6, 1884. On October 29, 1884, six days before the election, Blaine met with Protestant clergymen at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City. There, Reverend S.D. Burchard called the Democrats the party of "rum, Romanism, and rebellion." The Republican nominee, who failed to disavow this insult to the Catholic Church and the Democratic Party, lost many votes in New York. In the November 4, 1884 election Blaine lost New York and its 36 electoral votes by less than 1,200 votes. IN A VERY CLOSE ELECTION, CLEVELAND WAS VICTORIOUS, 4.87 MILLION TO 4.85 MILLION POPULAR VOTES, 219 TO 182 ELECTORAL VOTES, 20-18 STATES. If just 600 New Yorkers had voted Republican instead of Democratic, New York's electoral votes would have gone to Blaine, who would then have beaten Cleveland 218-183 electoral votes and been elected 22nd U.S. President. Blaine's political career included service as Congressman (1863-1876, Speaker of the House from 1869-1875), Senator (1876-1881) from Maine and Secretary of State under Presidents Garfield and Arthur (1881) and Benjamin Harrison (1889-1892). Mounting remnants on verso. Creased at upper left blank corner and left background. Lightly foxed in background. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: January 31, 1830 in West Brownsville, Pennsylvania
Died: January 27, 1893 in Washington, District of Columbia

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