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Dogs Playing Poker

by James McManus |  Published: Sep 12, 2007

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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, the wry commercial artist who gave the world dogs playing poker, was born in upstate New York in 1844 to abolitionist Quaker farmers, who named him after one of the most eloquent anti-slavery politicians of the antebellum South, Kentucky Sen. Cassius Marcellus Clay. Ninety-eight years later, another great son of the Bluegrass State – the greatest of all time, it's been said of the three-time heavyweight champion whose great-great-grandparents may have been owned by Sen. Clay's slave-holding brother, Henry – would be named for him, too, for a spell.


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