Francis Preston Blair
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Attributed to Napoleon Sarony
The Globe Man Listening to Webster’s Speech, on the Specie Circular
Publisher: H. R. Robinson

The Globe Man refers to Francis Preston Blair, editor of the newspaper the Globe. He was a close advisor to Presidents Jackson and Van Buren and an advocate of "hard-money" policies.

Andrew Jackson issued the Specie Circular in 1836 requiring purchasers of government land in the west to pay for it with gold or silver, known as specie or “hard money,” as opposed to paper bank notes or “soft money.”  The order proved to be very unpopular. The Whig Senator Daniel Webster, a skilled orator, spoke passionately in Congress against Van Buren’s monetary policies.

The Globe-man After Hearing of the Vote on the Sub-Treasury Bill.