"The Philadelphia Election Fraud," Frank Leslie's Illustrated, October 22, 1872. [detail]
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New York roughs driving Buckalew voters from the polls – Policemen arresting citizens for challenging the votes of Negro repeaters – The arrival of the New York repeaters, engaged by the Hartranft party, at the railroad depot, West Philadelphia.

Credit: Library of Congress

Frank Leslie's Illustrated devoted the cover of its October 22, 1872 edition to election fraud in Philadelphia during the hotly contested gubernatorial election. In this scene, one of six panels on the cover, the artist shows the arrival at the West Philadelphia Railroad Depot of "Repeaters" from New York, purportedly paid by Philadelphia's Republican party to vote illegally and thus insure the election of Republican candidate John Hartranft.

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