A "Bag Man" from a Century Ago

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  1. JohnHamilton

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    Mark Hanna was a wealthy industrialist who was the main fundraiser from William McKinley in 1896 and 1900. He was extremely effective in putting "the fear of God" into wealthy people who opposed the election of William Jennings Bryan as president. He often laid out the scenario of what it would be like if Bryan were able to enact his "free silver" plan and how the resulting inflation would ruin the economy.

    Hanna was also a U.S. Senator from Ohio. Here is a campaign ribbon that was issued for the "Hanna for Senator" campaign. In those days, the state legislatures picked the senators.

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    Bryann supporters issued this satirical piece during the 1900 presidential campaign which depicts Hanna as a "bag man" for the McKinley campaign. He is shown holding two big money bags and has "$" signs all over his suit.

    Hanna was particularly concerned when the Republicans nominated Theodore Roosevelt for vice president in 1900. "Do you realize that that mad man will be one heartbeat away from the presidency?" he asked. Hanna's worst fears were realized when McKinley was assassinated in the summer of 1901.

    The reverse of this piece shows a dead elephant with a banner reading "Imperialism" above it. Bryan tried to make an issue of the Spanish - American War after his free silver message failed to catch fire as it had in 1896. It didn't matter. Bryan lost by a greater margin in 1900 than he did four years earlier.
     
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    What do you personally think that Mr. Mark Hanna would think of my plan for 2024 to 2034?

    For the record I stole parts of this plan from Economist Milton Friedman.....

    parts of this plan from Economist Harold Chorney.......

    parts of this plan from Economist John Hotson.......

    Parts of this plan from Economist Mario Seccarrecia......

    Parts of this plan from Mr. Melvin Sickler.......

    Parts of this plan from Ms. Betty Krawczyk.......


    My plan to pay off the deficit at the rate of twenty billion dollars per month?



    Although I do love to quote Ms. Betty Krawczyk......

    I did try my best to explain some of this in 2004, 2006, 2006 and again in 2016.....
    during actual political campaigns......

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    Since your plan would depend on fiat money, Mark Hanna would have hated it.

    In Hana's day, "fiat money" was made of silver because there was a glut of the metal on the market which depressed prices. Here is "comparative Bryan Dollar." This piece was made of coin silver which is 90% silver and 10% copper. In order for a silver dollar to have contained a dollar's worth of silver, it had be this big. You can read the wording to get the point. The most famous producers of these were the Gorham Silver Company and Tiffany's, the famous jewelry store.

    From Gorham

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    From Tiffany. Overall, the Tiffany piece are much scarcer.

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