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Description

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.

Rarity

This appears to be the only surviving example.

Provenance:  PBA Galleries, February 24, 2022.