The Senatorial

The Senatorial


Title: The Senatorial

Year: 1860

Creator: Henry Louis Stephens, Vanity Fair

Description: Customer –I notice you draw your ale very mild now, William.

Landlord Seward — Yes, this is a new tap, some I brewed myself last Wednesday; my customers thought the Rochester ale was rather too strong.

Two men draw beer from tapped kegs; the keg on the far right says, “1860 Senate.” After Seward lost the presidential nomination, he dropped his stronger antislavery views in favor of the more moderate Republican platform.