An Available Candidate: The One Qualification for a Whig President.” Political cartoon about the 1848 presidential election which refers to Zachary Taylor or Winfield Scott, the two leading contenders for the Whig Party nomination in the aftermath of the Mexican–American War. (Nathiel Currier/Library of Congress | Public Domain)

a white man with unruly sideburns and eyebrows, dresses in a Spanish conquistador-like hat with a lot of feathery plumage, and a military uniform, including a long blood-tipped sword, sits atop a pile of human skulls. At the bottom text says “An available candidate. The one qualification for a whig president”

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