Biography and History

Thomas Nast was an American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist. He is considered to be the father of American political cartooning.

Source: From the finding aid for C0328

Biography and History

Thomas Nast was a nineteenth-century caricaturist and editorial cartoonist and is considered to be the father of American political cartooning. Born in Germany, he came to New York in 1846. He began work for Harper's Weekly, and in 1860 went to England for the New York Illustrated News to depict the prize fight between Heenan and Sayers, the famous boxers. He then joined Garibaldi in Italy as artist for the Illustrated London News. Also In the early 1860s, he married Sarah Edwards. He was well known in his time for his political cartoons supporting American Indians and Chinese Americans, and for advocating the abolition of slavery. Nast became a close friend of President Grant, and the two families shared regular dinners until Grant's death. He lived for many years in Morristown, New Jersey, and in 1902 Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as United States Consul General to Guayaquil, Ecuador, in South America, where he died of yellow fever.

Source: From the finding aid for C1135

  • Thomas Nast Scrapbooks. 1871-1909 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0328

    Consists of three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and some letters chronicling the life of Nast when he was caricaturist for Harper's Weekly.

  • Thomas Nast Manuscript Collection. 1860-1922 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1135

    Consists of selected correspondence of American political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast's popular artwork influenced presidential elections in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and the letters in this collection reflect both the professional and personal sides of his life.