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This object is an original pen and ink political cartoon hand drawn on white paper by Clifford Berryman circa 1912 in Washington, D.C. It depicts a Christmas tree with a "1912" banner up top and Uncle Sam dressed as Santa Claus distributing presents from the tree to the politicians surrounding him. He holds William Howard Taft’s gift in his hand to give to Taft who is standing close by with outstretched hands to receive the gift. Each gift on the tree is labeled with the recipient's name in the familiar form, e.g. Willie (for Taft), Woody (for Woodrow Wilson), Bobby (for Robert LaFollette, seen from behind), Champy (for Champ Clark), Teddy (for Theodore Roosevelt, who appears with the “teddy bear”), Billy (for William Jennings Bryan, seen from behind), Juddy (for Judson Harmon), and Josie (for Joseph Folk). The drawing is signed "Berryman" in the lower right area of the illustration.
It is interesting to observe that Taft is shown closest to Santa Claus and is the only person depicted with outstretched hands. He and Roosevelt competed for the nomination of the Republican party in 1912. Taft was nominated but lost the presidential election to Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson.
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Object Name
political cartoon
Object Type
editorial cartoons
date made
ca 1912
depicted date
associated person
Taft, William H.
Wilson, Woodrow
Clark, Champ
La Follette, Robert M.
Roosevelt, Theodore
Berryman, Clifford
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
ink stamp (overall material)
hand drawn (overall production method/technique)
overall: 20 in x 16 in; 50.8 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Political Caricatures
Uncle Sam
Political Campaigns
Presidential Campaign of 1912
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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