Empire Club, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer dreams of the election disaster to come for "Old 'Pultepee" [Scott] as the Whigs self-destruct as Greeley's two-faced efforts fail. The singer favors Pierce and King
EARLIEST DATE: 1856 (Thompson-Pioneer)
KEYWORDS: slavery nonballad political
1850 - Horace Greeley leads a breakaway group from the Whig national convention in Syracuse, New York, following the Compromise of 1850.
1852 - Presidential campaign. Franklin Pierce and William Rufus Devane King Democratic candidates for president and vice-president. The Whig candidates were Winfield Scott and William Alexander Graham. Pierce wins with 51% of the popular vote (to 44% for Scott and 5% for the Free Soil candidate) and 254 electoral votes to 42 for Scott.
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Thompson-Pioneer 63, "The Empire Club" (1 text)
cf. "Oh, Susannah" (tune)
NOTES [56 words]: "Empire Club" is a reference to New York State [see the historical reference to Syracuse, above]. The pro-Pierce/King campaign song has Greeley selling Scott down the river, or, in the words of the chorus, "O poor Greeley Don't you spit on me, I'm going up salt river, With the platform on my knee" [spelling and punctuation changed] - BS
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