Thomas Nast - age: 62

Thomas Nast

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ABOUT

German-American 20th century cartoonist and caricaturist who famously created the modern Santa Claus and Republican elephant images.His editorial cartoons called for an end to slavery and racial segregation, but also frequently included negative caricatures of Roman Catholics and the Irish.Nast's Harper's Weekly political cartoons, which ridiculed the candidacy of Horace Greeley, greatly aided the presidential campaign of Ulysses S. Grant.

BEFORE FAME

He was born in Germany and moved to New York City as a young child. In 1855, he studied at the School of the National Academy of Design and began a career as a newspaper artist.

PERSONAL LIFE

He and his wife, Sarah Edwards, settled in Morristown, New Jersey and raised five children together.

Historical Events in the Life of Thomas Nast

1874-11-7 1st cartoon depicting elephant as Republican Party symbol, by Thomas Nast

FUN FACTS

Cartoonist Thomas Nast were born on Sunday, in a leap year, birthstone is Sapphire, the seaon was Fall in the Chinese year of , it is 265 days until Thomas Nast next birthday.

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