It’s #MuseumCats day!
Political cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman used cats or cat-inspired images for a number of his drawings that are part of the U.S. Senate Collection here at the National Archives. In this drawing, Berrmyan depicted Speaker of the House of Representatives Joseph G. Cannon as a Cheshire cat. Shortly before this cartoon appeared, Cannon had taunted his critics and defied them to attack him. Unfazed by such bravado, the insurgents led a successful campaign that stripped Cannon of most of his authority the following year.
Virginia sues West Virginia
Subpoena of West Virginia, 12/03/1866
This December 1866 subpoena ordered representatives of the State of West Virginia to appear before the Supreme Court in a post-Civil War jurisdictional dispute between Virginia and West Virginia. Virginia sought to reclaim Berkeley and Jefferson Counties from West Virginia. The Supreme Court rejected Virginia’s claims in 1871.