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To the electors of Pennsylvania. Take your choice! Thomas M'Kean - or - James Ross ... [1799].
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To the electors of Pennsylvania. Take your choice! Thomas M'Kean - or - James Ross ... [1799]. Election Broadside, 1799.

Credit: Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 149, Folder 24. American Memory, Library of Congress

Political campaigns in the early Republic could be as mean spirited and dirty as they are today. In this flyer from the gubernatorial election of 1799, supporters of Republican candidate Thomas McKean accused opponent James Ross of being a corrupt, litigious, un-Christian, warmongering, traitorous monarchist!

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