Is There to Be a Power behind the Throne?
(05-14-1881) By Thomas Nast
Nast opened this series of cartoons by showing Senator Roscoe Conkling (at left) struggling with Secretary of the Treasury James G. Blaine for influence over President James Garfield. Conkling hoped that his friends would be appointed to politicial positions by the president.
Let Him A-lone, Now He's Come Home...
(06-04-1881) By Thomas Nast
After resigning his Senate seat, Conkling returned to New York like a sheep returning to the fold. New York's junior senator, Thomas Platt, dutifully did the same—as sure to follow his mentor as the tail follows the sheep.
(06-11-1881) By Thomas Nast
With Liberty as their stern mother, Senators Conkling and Platt appear as spoiled children being reprimanded for throwing a temper tantrum.
A Falling Off—Of Bosses.
(06-25-1881) By Thomas Nast
Conkling and Blaine, who both thought they had influence over Garfield, were embarrassed by the president's refusal to give jobs to their political allies.
(07-09-1881) By Thomas Nast
After his resignation, Conkling campaigned vigorously for reelection. Nast likened him to the dog in an Aesop fable. Although unable to eat hay, the dog viciously guarded a manger full of hay for himself.