Matthew Stanley Quay, by William A. Greaves, 1896.
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Oil on canvas of Quay, standing, facing right, wearing a suit.

Credit: Courtesy of the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Arguably the most powerful and effective party boss in Pennsylvania history, Senator Mathew Quay presided over the state Republican party and the state government that it controlled from 1887 until his death in 1904. One of the nation's most powerful politicians, Quay used his position on key Senate committees to reward loyalty to the Republican party and the high tariff, pro-business interests it represented.

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