Democratic Party Symbol

The American donkey, for over 100 years the symbol of the Democratic Party
The American donkey, for over 100 years the symbol of the Democratic Party

Historical Context

While not the official logo of the US Democratic Party, the donkey is the most common.

Andrew Jackson's opponents called him "jackass" as a play on his name and as a term of ridicule regarding a stupid and stubborn animal such as a donkey. The Democrats however liked the common-man implications and began to use the symbol in campaign posters.

The symbol was made famous by cartoonist Thomas Nast who used the Democratic donkey in newspaper cartoons from 1870 in Harper's Weekly.

Other cartoonists followed Nast, using the donkey to represent the Democrats and an elephant to represent the Republicans.

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Location taken: USA

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  • 1870-01-15 Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly

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