America’s Eccentric Presidential Candidate
TRAIN, George Francis (1829-1904). Most likely the most interesting of all American eccentrics. He made a fortune in shipping, land, railroads,, lecturing and writing. He was an independent candidate for President of the United States and most likely the first U.S. presidential candidate to turn a profit because he charged admission to his campaign appearances. He may be best remembered for the inspiration for Jules Verne’s character Phineas Fogg in Around the World in Eighty days. Train did make such a trip in just 67 days two years before the book was written. He was involved in the women’s rights movement and financed the newspaper “The Revolution” published by Susan B,. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In his later years he would sit in Central Park, New York passing out dollar bills and refusing to speak to anyone but children and animals.
Most unusual autograph letter signed, 156 Madison Avenue, new York, April 16, 1890. “Dear Mr. John J. Brown, Jr., Esq. Newburg (NY). Certainly-with pleasure and permit to request that you will Commit the following short sermon to memory, and teach it to all your friends:’ Don’t Drink, Don’t Smoke, Don’t Chew, Don’t Swear, Don’t Gamble, Don’t Lie, Don’t Steal, Don’t Deceive, Don’t Tattle, Be Polite, Be Generous, Be Kind, Be Neat, Study Hard, Play Hard, Be In Earnest, Be Self-reliant, Be Just and Fear Not. Read Good Books, Love God, but don’t love God so much that you have no time to love your fellow men. Love your country and obey the laws. Love truth, Love virtue and be Happy. Sincerely, Geo. Francis Train.” In excellent condition ..................$375.00