"The Smelling Committee"

In this political cartoon, the failed impeachment proceedings initiated by the Radical Republicans against President Andrew Johnson in 1868 are likened to a dead horse: exuding a bad smell, and with no hope for revival. Several figures involved in the impeachment proceedings surround the rotting carcass of a horse wrapped in a blanket with the word "impeachment" written on it. The men are (from left to right) John A. Logan, George S. Boutwell, Thomas Williams, James F. Wilson, Thurlow Weed, Benjamin F. Butler, Thaddeus Stevens, and John A. Bingham. At right, Andrew Johnson stands beside a ram, saying, "It's no use Gentlemen -- your old nag is dead and you can't ride it any more my Woolley friend finished him."

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