"A Serviceable Garment--or Reverie of a Bachelor"
Democratic presidential candidate James Buchanan is depicted as a poor bachelor wearing a coat with a new patch marked "Cuba." This is a reference to his authorship of the Ostend Manifesto of 1854, which proposed that the United States annex or seize Cuba. Buchanan says, "My Old coat was a very fashionable Federal coat when it was new, but by patching and turning I have made it quite a Democratic Garment. That Cuba patch to be sure is rather unsightly but it suits Southern fashions at this season, and then. (If I am elected,) let me see, $25,000 pr. annum, and no rent to pay, and no Women and Babies about, I guess I can afford a new outfit." This lithograph was published by Nathaniel Currier in 1856.
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