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"The Elephant Walk Around"

Topic:
Casting Ballots
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
October 28, 1876, p. 868
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The association of the elephant with the Republican party occurred originally in an 1860 issue of Railsplitter and an 1872 issue of Harper's Weekly. It was, however, Thomas Nast's elephantine caricatures that caught the attention of other cartoonists and the public, thereby leading to the elephant becoming the official symbol of the Republican party. Nast's first two images of the Republican Elephant appear in 1874 in which the partisan pachyderm falls into a trap after the Democrats win control of the House of Representatives.
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