JAMES G. BLAINE
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
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