"The Making of a Senator," Puck, circa 1920.
flipFlip to Senator Boise Penrose of Philadelphia, Pa., June 8, 1920.
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Different levels with people holding up each level. The people are at the bottom of the pile.Voters elected the state legislatures, which in turn elected senators. Keppler depicted two more tiers between state legislatures and senators: political bosses and corporate interests.

Credit: Courtesy of the United States Senate

Boise Penrose's power in the United States' Senate and Washington politics was well known, as was the structure of constituents upon which his power rested. The layers on which he stands, from top to bottom are "The People," "The State Legislature," "The Bosses," and "The Interests," atop which perches "The Senator."

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