Congressional Pugilists.

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00173
Title: Congressional Pugilists.
Additional Title: Congress Hall in Philadelphia, February 15th. 1798.
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Source :


This anonymous cartoon depicts the fight between Vermont Representative Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold of Connecticut on the floor of the Congress Hall after an insult thrown at Griswold by Lyon. Griswold wields a cane and kicks Lyon, who raises a pair of fireplace tongues. The interior of Congress Hall is shown with other members looking on. Those identified on the margins are Speaker, Jonathan Dayton and Clerk  Jonathan W. Condy (both seated), and Rev. Ashbel Green (shown in profile on the extreme left.)

Below the image are the verses: "He in a trice struck Lyon thrice / Upon his head, enrag'd sir, / Who seiz'd the tongs to ease his wrongs, / And griswold thus engag'd, sir."

Inscribed at lower right : Congress Hall, in Philadelphia, February 15th 1798. S. E. Corner 6th. & Chestnut Street.

Creation Year: 1798
Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.3
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Lyon, Matthew, 1749-1822
Griswold, Roger, 1762-1812
Dayton, Jonathan, 1760-1824
Condy, Jonathan Williams, 1770-1828
Green, Ashbel, 1762-1848