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Republic is Not Ungrateful

Republic is Not Ungrateful
Alternate Title
Ulysses S. Grant
Thomas Nast, 27 Sep 1840 - 7 Dec 1902
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Apr 13, 1872
Wood engraving on paper
Image: 36.4 × 23.8 cm (14 5/16 × 9 3/8")
Sheet: 40.9 × 28.5 cm (16 1/8 × 11 1/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Much to President Grant’s advantage, he found a friend and a veritable spokesperson in Thomas Nast, the talented cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly. In 1872, a scandal involving Grant and Credit Mobilier came to light. Credit Mobilier was a bogus company that siphoned millions of federal dollars for alleged completion of the nation’s transcontinental railway.
With his artist’s pen, Nast came to Grant’s defense, much like the figure of Liberty in this cartoon. Grant’s innate honesty and integrity were never questioned. Yet his poor character judgement and staunch loyalty to conniving friends and political cronies left his administration vulnerable to vice and corruption, which sullied his presidency.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110a