Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Herbert Johnson - Sutton's Political Cartoonist


One of the magazine covers from Sutton's own, Herbert Johnson

Didja know that Sutton produced a national known political cartoonist?

Herbert Johnson was born in Sutton in 1878 and attended the University of Nebraska. Not sure where he went to high school - doesn't appear to have been here.

Don't believe me? Check out these two references. A little Googling will turn up some of his work.

Herbert Johnson - Sutton kid to the Big Time in Philadelphia 
He worked as a clerk, a stenographer and a bookkeeper before getting his big gig as a cartoonist for the Saturday Evening Post and its sister publication, The Country Gentleman.

Johnson fit in well politically with the adamantly right-wing Post offering works in support of presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover. He was an unyielding critic of FDR and the New Deal.

Herbert Johnson died in Philadelphia in 1946 at the age of 68, barely outliving the object of his ire.

Another of Sutton's lost, but not (now, anyhow) forgotten native sons.

by Jerry Johnson


Jerry said...

No relation

Purple cyclist said...

I followed up on this a little and found this article:
by Googling: "Herbert Johnson political cartoonist Sutton Nebraska" The article is in "The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta, Volume 37" Sept. & Nov. 1912 and Jan. Mar. & May 1913; published by the fraternity, 1912-1915. You can download the booklet for free. I also figured out that Herbert Johnson's father was J.W. Johnson, who was the Deputy Pure Food Commissioner for Nebraska in 1908. He was also a railway commissioner in the state. I found J.W. Johnson referenced by Googling him as railway commissioner and as pure food commissioner.