"Garfield's Bond of Friendship for the Unfriendly Senators"
This cartoon was the front cover illustration for the March 2, 1881 issue of "Puck." In the center, James G. Blaine and Roscoe Conkling hold each other tightly. A long ribbon labeled "patronage" is wrapped several times around them, and is being pulled tightly by President James Garfield. The U.S. Capitol is in the background. The issue of patronage was central to the Garfield administration. Garfield insisted on making his own political appointments, and ignoring the tradition of "senatorial courtesy," in which senators could choose federal officials within their own states.
- March 02, 1881
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