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Office-Seekers

Artist
Unknown
Date of Work
April 6, 1861
Type
Print
Credit
White House Historical Association
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Office-Seekers

This illustration appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on April 6, 1861. It accompanied a scathing article on the people who would aggressively seek employment or special favors from the president, which was common practice in the 19th century. Any person approved for appointments with the president would seek anything from salaried government appointments to special requests granted. Abraham Lincoln staunchly defended their right to be present in the White House.