Pomeroy, Marcus M. "Brick"

Wisconsin “Copperhead” Democrat newspaperman, viciously attacked Lincoln in print and called for his death!

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(1833-1896) Wisconsin newspaper editor & publisher, prominent Civil War. "Copperhead" Democrat. When very young he was apprenticed to the printer's trade. He established several newspapers in New York State, and in 1857 moved to Wisconsin, where he successfully ran the Horicon Argus. Later he went to Milwaukee and edited the News. During the Civil War, Pomeroy, editor of the La Crosse Democrat, became a strong partisan of the southern cause. The city and region were primarily northern in sympathy. During the 1864 presidential campaign, he wrote that Abraham Lincoln was "…the fungus from the corrupt womb of bigotry and fanaticism" and a "…worse tyrant and more inhuman butcher than has existed since the days of Nero." He editorialized: "The man who votes for Lincoln now is a traitor and murderer…and if he is elected to misgovern for another four years, we trust some bold hand will pierce his heart with dagger point for the public good." When Lincoln was assassinated, Pomeroy narrowly escaped a lynch mob. An angry mob marched to his house with the intention of hanging him from the nearest lamp-post. On their way, they passed a brewery, stopped to quench their thirst, and forgot to go on. Pomeroy gave Republican Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler the nickname “Spoons” in an 1868 biography for his alleged thievery when Butler was military commander in New Orleans. In turn, Butler later represented Pomeroy’s wife in a divorce proceeding, implying the grounds were Pomeroy’s syphillis. After the war he founded the Daily Democrat, which in 1887 was merged in Pomeroy's Advenced Thought. He was the first to conceive the idea of tunneling the Rocky Mountains and thus shorten the distance between Denver and Salt Lake City by 250 miles; in the early 1880's he gave up politics entirely and turned his attention to this stupendous work in which he was engaged at his death. The tunnel was later labeled "Pomeroy's Folly" because the tunnels coming in from the East and West didn't meet. He published his autobiography in 1890. AQS “Thine for the Right” on a 2 ½ x 4 ½ card, “Brick Pomeroy” written in another hand at left side vetically, dated January 7 1870 in another hand at bottom.

Condition: Very good, trivial soiling
Type:Autograph Quotation Signed






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