Nast also proved to be an influential force in every presidential election from 1864 to 1880. He became known for his ruthless attacks on Democratic candidates in particular, as Harper’s typically supported Republicans. In addition to his political influence, Nast is credited with creating the popular images of figures such as Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, and the Democratic donkey that are still in use today. The donkey had been associated with the Democrats since 1837, but it was Nast who popularized it. He is also the origin of the elephant as a symbol of the Republican party.
"The Third-Term Panic," Harper's Weekly, Nov 7 1874
Some of the cartoons are a bit difficult to appreciate without having knowledge of the people and events they depict, but they are still enjoyable to look at and make a worthy addition to the museum's collection.
"The Modern Samson," Harper's Weekly, Oct 3 1868
"Time Works Wonders," Harper's Weekly, Apr 9 1870