WASHINGTON, D.C. - THE POTTER INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE IN SESSION IN THE BASEMENT OF THE OLD CAPITOL. - THE CROSS EXAMINATION, ON JUNE 4TH, OF THE WITNESS ANDERSON BY CONGRESSMAN REED.

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Henry Alexander Ogden

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Washington, D.C. - The Potter Investigation Committee in Session in the Basement of the Old Capitol. - The Cross Examination, on June 4th, of the Witness Anderson by Congressman Reed.

Wood engraving, 1878.
Image size 9 5/16 x 14 1/8" (23.7 x 35.9 cm).
Good condition with modern handcolor.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 96553
Price: $85.00
Publisher : Published by Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. June 22, 1878.
The Potter Committee was established in May of 1878 to investigate the allegation that there had been corruption involved with the infamous and highly disputed 1876 presidential election. Claims of wide spread voter fraud had led Congress to establish a special electoral commission and after several months of deliberation, a winner was chosen - Rutherford B. Hayes. This did not sit well with many Democrats, however, as their candidate, Samuel Tilden, had been leading in electoral votes before the electoral committee was formed. So the Potter Committee was formed to further investigate the matter.

Historically we know the Compromise of 1877 came out of this election. Democrats on the committee were swayed into giving Republicans votes in the promise that the federal government would loosen its hold on the South, where strict laws were in place to protect newly freed blacks. The Compromise and seating of Hayes would sadly lead to the beginning of what we now call the Jim Crow Laws.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Trades & Industries , Legal

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