Thomas Nast: Political Cartoonist and ‘President Maker’
Here is a trivia question that isn't so trivial: What do the donkey, elephant, Santa Claus and Uncle Sam have in common? The answer is Thomas Nast. Nast has been called the greatest political cartoonist of all time. He was much more than that. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant attributed his presidential victory in the 1868 campaign "to the sword of (Indian-fighting Gen. Phil) Sheridan and the pencil of Nast." Nast could smite the most powerful titans with a single stroke of that pencil. New York's "Boss" Tweed would attest to this. He went to prison and died there because of Nast.