“The Buck Chase of 1856,” Philadelphia: 1856.

Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Presidential Democratic candidate James Buchanan, pictured here as a buck deer, crosses the finish line ahead of competitors Millard Fillmore and John C. Fremont as spectators cheer in the stands behind. In the image’s center is Fillmore, appearing as an emaciated horse who has fallen on the course. Close on Buchanan’s heels is Fremont astride two horses: one with the head of New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley and the other the “wooly nag” of abolitionism.

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