Anthony, Susan B. - "THAT CONVENTION"

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) created this drawing to mock the candidacy of Horace Greeley for the 1872 U.S. presidential election.  Liberal Republicans, who opposed the reelection of Republican Ulysses S. Grant, supported Greeley. So did Democrats who nominated him as their candidate. Nast based this work on an illustration in Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Club (by R. Seymour). In Nast’s drawing, Greeley stands on a chair addressing the Cincinnati Convention of the Liberal Republicans. It was published in Harper’s Weekly on April 13, 1872 at page 284. Click on the image for a much-better view.


The political convention that selected Horace Greeley to oppose Ulysses S. Grant in the presidential election of 1872 was widely criticized. Many people referred to it as "That Convention."

 Folks didn't give Greeley much chance to win. Political cartoons, like those created by Thomas Nast and published in Harper's Weekly, were particularly scathing. Some made it seem as though Greeley's only support came from his own employer, the Tribune, while the rest of the country supported Grant.

That point wasn't exactly true, however. Many women wanted Greeley to win. They, of course, didn't count because they couldn't vote.

"That Convention" also had a few things to say about Susan Anthony - none of them flattering.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jul 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Dec 09, 2014

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