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Thomas Nast, 27 Sep 1840 - 7 Dec 1902  Search this
Harper's Weekly, active 1857 - 1916  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885  Search this
Wood engraving on paper
35.6cm x 22.9cm (14" x 9"), Image
Exhibition Label:
In spite of the controversies of fraud and graft that buffeted Grant’s presidency, he remained popular with voters in the North, who were confident in his innate decency. Nevertheless, Grant was weary of his executive duties, and he began looking forward to the end of his second term. Amidst the calls for him to seek an unprecedented third term, there were critics who were calling such an idea “Caesarism.” Thomas Nast caricatured Grant’s situation in this cartoon. Here, Governor John Hartranft of Pennsylvania lays down his state’s resolution against a third term in the form of a plank. It represents his hope to drive voter momentum, which is represented by an elephant, the symbol of the Republican Party. Grant looks on in agreement, and declares, “If that don’t fetch the animal, Governor, don’t blame me any more.”
Architecture\Building\Capitol\US Capitol  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Elephant  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Male  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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On View:
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery