Thomas Nast of Harper’s Weekly was not the only cartoonist to aim his pencil at William M. Tweed, Boss of Tammany Hall. When the scandal broke in 1871 after The New-York Times published proof of massive frauds by Tweed and his circle, every paper in town with an artist on staff joined the frenzy. Here are few samples:
|In the end, all four of the Ring members are forced out, though only Tweed spends time in prison. Sweeny and Connolly flee to Europe and Hall wins an acquittal after three criminal trials. This drawing by artist A. Hoyt shows Tweed leading them off into the subset.
Click here to read the opening chapter of Boss Tweed: the Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York.