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Photo, Print, Drawing Letting the last "Democratic drop"

[ digital file from b&w film copy neg. ]

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  • Letting the last "Democratic drop"


  • The only obvious portrait in this crudely drawn satire is that of Republican candidate John C. Fremont (right). An emaciated man (center) sits in a chair near an open window. He is apparently James Buchanan, and is dressed as an old woman, reminiscent of earlier effeminate portrayals of his Democratic predecessor Andrew Jackson in cartoons such as "New Edition of Macbeth" and "Treasury Note" (nos. 1837-7 and 1837-9). Obviously waning, he is bled by a third man, possibly either Democratic rival Stephen Douglas (unlikely), American party candidate Millard Fillmore, or Fremont running mate William L. Dayton. This man holds Buchanan's arm, having just cut his vein with a razor, and watches as blood flows into a bowl held by Fremont. The Capitol appears through the window. The bloodletting motif may have been inspired by a popular text or speech of the day, since mention of "drops of Democratic blood" with reference to Buchanan also occurs in "The Grand National Fight" (no. 1856-16).

Created / Published

  • 1856.


  • -  Buchanan, James,--1791-1868
  • -  Dayton, William L.--(William Lewis),--1807-1864
  • -  Douglas, Stephen A.--(Stephen Arnold),--1813-1861
  • -  Fillmore, Millard,--1800-1874
  • -  Fremont, John Charles,--1813-1890
  • -  Presidential elections--United States--1850-1860


  • Lithographs--1850-1860.
  • Political cartoons--1850-1860.


  • Lithographs--1850-1860
  • Political cartoons--1850-1860


  • -  Title appears as it is written on the item.
  • -  Weitenkampf, p. 51.
  • -  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1856-14.


  • 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30 x 34.5 cm. (image)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Stern Collection, portfolio 4, no. 2 c-Rare Bk Coll


  • Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Digital Id

  • cph 3b38346 //

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2008661582

Reproduction Number

  • LC-USZ62-92022 (b&w film copy neg.)

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

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  • image

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Letting the last "Democratic drop". United States, 1856. Photograph.

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(1856) Letting the last "Democratic drop". United States, 1856. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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