Puck Offers Another
"Brand" to the "Sun"
Fraud Not Triumphant in American History
Puck Magazine Cover
Vol. III No. 66, June 12, 1878
9" w x 12 1/2" h
Charles Anderson Dana, editor and part-owner of
the New York Sun walks away from Puck, who holds a portrait of James E. Anderson
defaced with the word "PERJURER."
While Dana was editor, the Sun supported Samuel J. Tilden, the 1876 Democratic
Presidential candidate who lost the disputed election to Rutherford B. Hayes.
The Sun criticized the Electoral Commission that settled the election (through
a series of secret negotiations) and continually referred to Rutherford
B. Hayes as the "fraud
During the election campaign of 1876, James E. Anderson was a Republican
Supervisor in Louisiana who used questionable tactics to register black voters.
He was also hired to register voters by the Democrats.
After Hayes entered the White House, Congress investigated
reports that Republicans had bribed Louisiana officials. Anderson testified
that John Sherman (Hayes's Secretary of the Treasury) had tried to pursuade
Anderson to throw out the Democratic votes in his
district. Anderson claimed that Sherman made verbal and written assurances
that Anderson would be "taken care of" after the election. However,
Anderson could not produce the letter he claimed to receive from Sherman.
Sherman testified that he did not remember it and did not believe
he had written it.
Anderson visited Hayes in the White House three times and was later offered
appointments as U.S. consul to Madeira and as a U.S. Customs Inspector.