New York Press Club

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Creator

Delmonico's

Title

New York Press Club

Date

January 31, 1891

Coverage

New York City

Description

While on a speaking tour in 1891, explorer and journalist Henry Morton Stanley was honored at the annual dinner of the New York Press Club. Stanley had become world famous in 1871, when he found missionary David Livingstone, who had vanished in central Africa. Stanley’s expedition was paid for by James Gordon Bennett, Jr., publisher of the New York Herald. The cartoon on the cover shows Stanley at the moment of discovery, famously asking, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” One of the speakers at the banquet was General William Tecumseh Sherman. His remarks were loudly cheered by the journalists, who afterward serenaded him with the Civil War song “Marching through Georgia.” Sherman died two weeks later at the age of 71.