Republican Party elephant makes first appearance

Cartoonist Thomas Nast depicts the Republican Party as an elephant in a cartoon in Harper’s Weekly this date in 1874.


An updated version of the cartoon elephant   xxrepublican-elephanat-2

And, just so Democrats don’t feel left out, here are present and past versions of the Democratic Party symbol.  The origins of the Democratic donkey can be traced to the 1828 presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson. During that race, opponents of Jackson called him a jackass.