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The Only Known Example

Rare political campaign broadside, promoting the candidacy of General John W. Geary for Governor of Pennsylvania.

Geary successfully ran for Pennsylvania governor against Hiester Clymer (1827-1884), who ran on a white supremacist platform.  Clymer's supporters produced some of the most virulently graphic racist posters and pamphlets of the decade.

John White Geary (1819 – 1873) was an American lawyer, politician, Freemason, and a Union general in the American Civil War.  Geary served as the final alcalde of San Francisco (1849-1850), first mayor of San Francisco (1850-1851), 3rd governor of the Kansas Territory (1856-57), and the 16th governor of Pennsylvania (1867-1873).

Geary was also appointed Territorial Governor of Utah by President Franklin Pierce, but declined the position.


This appears to be the only surviving example.

Provenance:  PBA Galleries, February 24, 2022.