Garfield and Arthur Songbook

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Description

This 1880 songbook provided voters with 42 melodies in support of James Garfield and Chester A. Arthur on the Republication presidential ticket. Tunes ranged from “While We Are Voting for Garfield” to “We’ll Beat ’Em.” As campaign material, the songbook was published and distributed by the Republican Congressional Committee using congressional postal privileges, known as the frank.

Because the songbook was mailed in a franked envelope, it was included in the records of the Select Committee to Inquire into the Alleged Abuses of the Franking Privilege. The committee investigated whether the frank had been abused, because sending campaign material under the frank was prohibited. The committee’s investigation included the Republican and Democratic Congressional Committees in its sweep. After its examination, the select committee did not find any intent to perpetrate fraud through distribution of the campaign songbook.

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