Harper’s Weekly gave its readers a sense of the crowded House Chamber in sketches of the 1888 tariff debate. William Breckinridge looks the part of the smooth old-fashioned orator, Thomas Brackett Reed laughs at a good joke, and William McKinley demonstrates his well-known command of specifics by exhibiting a $10 wool suit in refutation of an opponent’s claim that the tariff policy raised prices on clothing.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Sketches From the Great Tariff Debate in the House of Representatives,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2008/2008-262-000/ (May 25, 2022)
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