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Campaign Promises: Mark Twain announces his candidacy

5 mins | May 28, 2017

In 1879, Mark Twain announced his candidacy for the US presidency, and published his satirical sketch “Campaign Promises”. As extracted in and noted by Lapham’s Quarterly, this sketch was published a year before the election of 1880, in which Republican James A. Garfield beat Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock with 214 of the 369 electoral college votes but only by a 0.9% margin of the popular vote—the smallest in American history till then. In 1906 he observed in “What Is Man?” that “fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.”

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From Lapham's Quarterly