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Clifford K. Berryman Political Cartoon Collection

The Center for Legislative Archives maintains approximately 2,400 original pen-and-ink drawings by cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman from the U.S. Senate Collection.

Berryman was one of Washington's best-known and most-admired graphic political commentators in the first half of the 20th century. Berryman drew for the Washington Post from 1890 until 1907, and then for the Evening Star from 1907 until his death in 1949. His cartoons touched on a variety of subjects including politics, Presidential and congressional elections, both World Wars and even Washington weather.

"What Have I Struck?"
by Clifford K. Berryman
The Washington Post, June 9, 1899
From the U.S. Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives

This cartoon shows sweat dripping from the Washington monument, as Mephisto, otherwise known as the devil, sits on a park bench fanning himself. With sweat pouring down his face, even the devil wonders what kind of deal he has struck to be stuck in such a hot climate.

"Congress Will Come To Order!"
by Clifford K. Berryman
Washington Evening Star, December 2, 1912
From the US Senate Collection, Center for Legislative Archives

The ultimate prize of a congressional election is control over the two houses of Congress: the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This cartoon shows Congress following the pivotal 1912 elections when the Democrats swept into power and captured majorities both houses.

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