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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.


The broadside is very rare; this is the second time we have had it, but those are the only examples we have traced.

Condition Description
Three-color wood engraving on 19th-century wove paper. Horizontal and vertical creases. Foxing. Small tears and losses, not affecting the printed image.