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Republic is Not Ungrateful

Title
Ulysses S. Grant
Artist
Thomas Nast, 27 Sep 1840 - 7 Dec 1902
Sitter
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Date
1872
Type
Print
Medium
Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions
26.7cm x 23.1cm (10 1/2" x 9 1/8"), Image
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.87.89
Exhibition Label
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
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Exhibition
2019 Paper Rotations
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110a
Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110a